The DSAYR began in the late 1980’s, when a group of parents from Newmarket, each having a child with Down syndrome, connected and decided that they can do something to enhance the lives of their children and families. Together, they eagerly began to find resources within their community that would benefit their children.
They formed the DSAYR specifically to address education issues, through the Special Education Advisory Committees (SEAC) of both school boards. Following that they officially set up DSAYR as a charitable organization, with an elected Executive Committee, to be able to have a representative sit on the SEAC. Simultaneously, they promoted inclusiveness and awareness that children with Down syndrome have as much to offer and are entitled to the same opportunities as any other child.
Thanks to those families for their tireless work, as they still advocate for the Down syndrome community today.