Down syndrome is a human chromosomal variation affecting the 21st chromosome.
Having Down syndrome does not define a person, but it certainly plays a big role in who they are. Many things "typical" people take for granted such as walking, talking, eating, catching a ball, telling time are made difficult for people who have this extra chromosome. Not impossible, but difficult. They require more help and time (sometimes years) to achieve the same goals as someone without the extra chromosome. This help often comes in the way of expensive therapy; therapy that parents are quite often left on their own to access and pay for.
The Fraser Valley Down syndrome Society helps families in the Fraser Valley connect with each other, find resources, provides workshops, offers therapy classes, and helps to subsidize approved therapies for families.
FVDSS programs include:
New Parent Program
Family networking events
Therapy and Educational Subsidies
These programs, benefiting families in the Fraser Valley who have a family member with Down syndrome, are made possible by the generous donations the FVDSS receives.