Welcome to the community The Down Syndrome Association of York Region is committed to promoting a positive image of people with Down Syndrome, as being valued members of our communities. Learn More
Our Mission 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. Learn More


One-time payment to persons with disabilities
This non-taxable, non-reportable, one-time payment provides up to $600 in recognition of the extraordinary expenses incurred by persons with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more
Jamie Foxx Mourns the Death of His Younger Sister: “My Heart Is Shattered Into a Million Pieces”
Jamie Foxx announced with an Instagram post on Monday that his sister Deondra Dixon has died at the age of 36. “My heart is shattered into a million pieces,” the actor began, “my beautiful loving sister Deondra has transitioned... I say transitioned because she will always be alive... anyone who knew my sis... knew that she was a bright light.” Read more


We are always looking for volunteers to assist us in carrying out our mandate. Connect with us if you would like to help out. You can refer to the VACANT Committee positions, or bring us new ideas.

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When faced with a new situation, such as having a child with Down syndrome, it is important to get first-hand, real-life information and experiences from families who have lived it. Meeting other families and children with Down syndrome helps to learn what amazing abilities these individuals possess. Joining our Association allows you to be connected in a way that will benefit you and your child.

The quality of life of an individual with Down syndrome has improved significantly over the last few decades, so rather than being disheartened by dated or inaccurate resources, membership to an association such as the DSAYR allows you to learn the new "reality" of living with Down syndrome.
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