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


DSAYR message about COVID-19
In light of the escalating situation in Ontario and around the world, the decision has been made to cancel all subsidized and/or sponsored DSAYR group gatherings until further notice. Let's keep healthy, safe and positive during this time. Read more
Local mom behind push for Down syndrome legislation
Private member's bill proposed to help those who receive prenatal diagnosis! 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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