Improving the quality of life of individuals with Down syndrome.



HDSA's New Parent Networking Group -- it will now be meeting at Skedaddle indoor playground at 761 Main St E in Milton on Friday mornings between 10am and 12noon. 

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On December 5th, the HDSA High School Music group will be performing at 6:30. there performance will last about 15 -20 minutes. After the performance there will be sandwiches, salads and desserts available.

Anyone is welcome to attend at this time (6:30 -7:30). You do not need to be part of the music performance. We encourage people to come watch the Music group and share in the meal.

HDSA Graduates and friends are welcomed.

HDSA High School group, you are welcomed to bring a friend with you to the dance.

Please RSVP to Karen Dexler,

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Online workshop: Behaviour and Down Syndrome


A special invitation from the Down Syndrome Association of Hamilton

The Down Syndrome Association of Hamilton, in partnership with the Down Syndrome Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, is pleased to announce an online presentation on a topic of great interest for many of our members and associates: BEHAVIOUR.  We are excited to collaborate with Dr. David Stein, Psy.D.,  Co-Director of The Down Syndrome Program.  This workshop takes place Thursday, December 10th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm EST
“Behaviour problems impact 30% of children with Down syndrome. Left untreated, these same children often exhibit behaviour problems as adults, limiting work and independent living opportunities. Many typical behavioural management tools are less effective for children with Down syndrome. In order to address behaviour problems in DS effectively, one must understand the brain-based reasons for these challenges and direct treatment/interventions appropriately. This workshop will present the basic neuroscience of Down syndrome and how this informs effective behaviour management, with practical strategies provided for use in the home and school settings.”

We are providing TWO alternatives to participate in this workshop:

You can view the presentation from the comfort of your home using your computer and internet connection.  There is NO LIMIT to the number of participants and anyone from ANYWHERE in the world can view the presentation. 

This is an excellent opportunity for you to invite anyone who may be interested in hearing how to effectively influence behaviour management in your child's life -grandparents, uncles, aunts, school teachers, recreational program providers, etc. Share this newsletter so that they may be able to sign up using our Online Registration Page 


This option is for those who do not have access to a computer or would prefer to access the webinar as a group. We have a limited number of seats available for participants who wish to view the webinar at this location.  Please note that we are limiting the number of reservations to 2 per family.

To attend, you need to register at our Group Viewing Registration page.  If you know of someone who would benefit from this type of group session, email them the link. 

Parents and caregivers as well as teachers, educational assistants, health care providers, therapists, and any other professional looking for tools to assist a person with Down syndrome or their families with managing behavioural concerns.

ANY QUESTIONS? Email Ingrid Muschta at with your questions.
We hope that you will be able to attend this great workshop!

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Dental Care Info Session - POSTPONED!

Monday, November 16th's Dental Information Session will be moving to the New Year

Hi All,

Unfortunately, we have had to postpone the Dental Information session that was scheduled for tonight, as we have not had enough RSVPs to make it a go.  It is a busy time of year, so we will reschedule the session for the New Year in the hopes that more people will be able to make it, as we did have a lot of interest in this topic!

We apologize for the inconvenience and hope everyone has a great evening.

Thanks again,

Adelle & Jen
New Parent Coordinators

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Dental Care Info Session

Join us on Monday, November 16th, 2015 to learn from Kim Wentrot, Dental Hygienist!

Location:  Monarch House, Oakville, ON
(1405 North Service Rd E, Unit 103, Oakville, ON L6H 1A7)

Time:  7:30pm - 9:00pm

Kim Wentrot is a registered dental hygienist with over 20 years experience and has been teaching part-time for 10 years.  She currently works in private practice 1-2 days a week.  Kim also has an adorable little 7 year old boy who has Down syndrome, apraxia and used to have an oral aversion.  At the information session, Kim will discuss what to look for with our kids (and ourselves) - from tooth eruption to gum health and how to maintain clean and healthy teeth.  Kim will also explain why children with Down syndrome have more difficulty with orthodontics.

This is a free information session, but we ask that you please RSVP to by November 14th, 2015.

Thanks again,

Adelle & Jen
New Parent Coordinators

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We are looking for Graduate Volunteers to help out at the Holiday party. Tasks may include:

  • Greeting people at the door and showing them to their seats
  • Passing out appetizers 
  • Coordinating time with Santa for the little ones
  • Taking presents etc.

Please let Allan know if you are available to help out by emailing 

See everyone there!

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National Down Syndrome Awareness Week Kick-Off Event

Our friends at the Down Syndrome Association of Hamilton have invited our members to participate in their NDSAW Kick-off Event at the Dundas Valley School of Art.  On Sunday November 1st from 1-4PM, the DSAH and Dundas Valley School of Art will be hosting an ALL AGES Open House celebration.  

They will be running 5 different art classes - allowing all participants to experience different art mediums with their families. Following the art workshops, there will be a small reception to showcase some of the art that the participants completed that afternoon.  Light refreshments will be served.

For more information and to RSVP, please follow this link.

Hope to see you there and Happy National Down Syndrome Awareness Week!

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Administrative Assistant Wanted!

HDSA is excited to share that we are officially accepting applications for a new, paid position within our organization. This new role will provide valuable and much needed support to HDSA and to our Board of Directors. This doesn't mean we don't value or need our army of volunteers! We literally could not do it without you but we are now growing at such a pace that the time has come to hire someone to take care of the multitude of day to day tasks that are required to keep HDSA  running smoothly.

Please feel free to share the following job posting with anyone who may be an appropriate candidate for the job. 

Halton Down Syndrome Association Job Posting
Position: Administrative Assistant
Responsible to: Halton Down Syndrome Association Board of Directors
Reports to: Chair and Corporate Secretary
Hours of Work: Part-time - 20 Hours/Week (with possibility of increased hours)
Salary: $15 - $20 per hour (commensurate with experience)

Position Summary
Halton Down Syndrome Association is a growing, non-profit organization working to improve the quality of life for people with Down syndrome.  HDSA’s goal is to see people with Down syndrome become responsible, self-sufficient, fully integrated members of the community, who are accepted by their peers, and who are able to lead happy, productive lives. 
The Administrative Assistant is a vital front-line member of this team, providing administrative, technical, and communications support to the organization and Board of Directors.
Duties and Responsibilities
§  Provide administrative support to the Board of Directors
§  Provide primary reception for HDSA office, greeting and welcoming members and public, answering incoming calls and managing email inquiries
§  Maintain office supplies, process mail/deliveries
§  Handle logistical preparations for meetings, including recording of monthly meeting minutes and issuing of minutes (one evening per month)
§  Prepare and manage volunteer database
§  Receive and process donations
§  Prepare and mail thank you letters
§  Support fundraising activities
§  Support social media community (monitoring and posting to Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
§  Create digital and print flyers and marketing materials to promote events
§  Perform other duties as assigned
Minimum Education
§  Post-secondary education
§  Previous work/volunteer experience in administrative capacity is an asset
§  Previous work/volunteer experience in not-for-profit/charity is an asset
§  Excellent oral and written communication skills
§  Strong administrative skills
§  Solid interpersonal and relationship-building skills, with an ability to work with a Board of Directors, volunteers and community partners, in a collaborative team environment 
§  Solid work ethic, proven time management and organizational skills, with attention to detail and demonstrated follow-through 
§  Ability to take direction well, receive and provide constructive feedback, and respond quickly and productively to changes in the environment, or priorities 
§  Ability to exercise good judgment and discretion in dealing with confidential information 
§  Aptitude to anticipate, understand and respond to the needs of members
§  Strong computer skills and excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
§  Familiarity with desktop publishing programs, such as Microsoft Publisher, Adobe Professional, Illustrator and Photoshop would be an asset 
§  Fluency with social media and online community management
§  Knowledge of Down syndrome
Application Deadline: Please submit applications by November 23, 2015 to HDSA Chair Leanne Tovey at  We thank all applicants, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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HDSA Family Bowling

Oct 28, 2015


HDSA Family Bowling

Sunday, November 8th from 2-4pm at Burlington Bowl

Free for everyone who wears blue or yellow or silly socks!

Burlington Bowl
4065 Harvester Rd
Burlington, ON

Let Allan know if you will be attending

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ODSP Information Evening


Monday November 2, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST
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53 Bond St. Oakville ON In the Library 3rd floor
53 Bond St
Oakville, ON
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Another informative evening is being offered for free!  Halton Support Services and Developmental Services Ontario invite you to join in the ODSP discussion.  A representative from ODSP will be on hand to answer your questions and provide information on how to apply to ODSP.  This information session will be held in the Library from 7-9pm


We look forward to see you there!


Click on the link below to register or RSVP.

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Janet Barton

Developmental Services Ontario

905 876-1373 ext 2406


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