We are a group of parents, individuals with Down syndrome, educators and community support professionals who firmly believe in the inherent equality of people with Down syndrome. We are committed to promoting a positive image of people with Down syndrome as being valued community members


  • DSAYR held it’s first Buddy Walk in 2005
  • The first location was Richmond Green Park, in Richmond Hill, ON
  • Buddy Walks have always been organized by volunteers
  • Buddy Walk remains the largest fundraiser for DSAYR
  • Over 400,000 participants join in a Buddy Walk world-wide every year


Support your Buddy Walk Team today! Funds raised go to support the Mission of the DSAYR.

For over 30 years, the DSAYR has been serving the Down syndrome community of York Region through efforts such as:

  • Representation on York Special Education School Boards
  • Supporting parents of newborn children with Down syndrome
  • Creating opportunities for skills improvement for our members
  • Bringing awareness of the ABILITIES of people with Down syndrome into our communities