A Little of This…
This page is a little of this, and a little of that! (and as always, it’s a work in progress…!)
LINKS TO RESOURCES:
For those of you who like to research stuff (like my husband!) or just be knowledgeable, here are some links to a few good resources. I have used these websites or these organizations in my journey so far, and found them pretty helpful. If you know of any other pertinent ones that should be here, PLEASE feel free to contact me using the box below, and let me know about them. I’m looking forward to sharing this journey with you!
Canadian Down Syndrome Society (CDSS)
Great information here!
National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS)
This is the American version of the CDSS. Also a great resource, although obviously some things don’t cross over (like the Buddy Walk)
PREP (Pride. Respect. Empowerment. Progress)
This is the organization that we are with for services for Jake. He started in the Early Learning Program when he was just 10 months old, and has since moved his way up and now attends their Preschool Program. They are amazing…the staff is incredible, and so knowledgeable. They love my kid to death, and are working with him to help prepare him for future inclusion and integration.
Ups & Downs
Another organization in Calgary working with individuals with Down syndrome and their families. They put on a great conference every year called “The Wonder Years” for families who have young children with a diagnosis of Down syndrome. They also do a fundraiser every year called “Street Meet” ~ probably something similar to the Buddy Walk put on by NDSS, but on a smaller scale.
R-Word: Spread the Word to End the Word
This is again based out of the States, but is a great resource for learning how to talk to people about their use of the “R” word. I have found this website really helpful for information, as well as for knowing how to go about having a conversation about this topic.
BOOKS I’D RECOMMEND:
I’m an avid reader. So when Jake was born, I entered into a whole new field of reading. I have come across some great books in my travels. I have read a LOT of books, both biographical as well as educational in nature. I’m not going to list them all here, but I will share a few of my favorites. You can take them or leave them, I promise I won’t be offended if you don’t like the same ones I do!
Bloom (Kelle Hampton)
A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny (Amy Julia Becker)
Expecting Adam (Martha Beck)