On World Down Syndrome Day, March 21st 2016, the Disability Studies Student Association of the University of Windsor hosted a 5 km Down Syndrome Awareness Walk on the River. This is the 2nd year that this group held the event in which money raised has been donated to Up About Down. Money is raised through registration for the walk as well as selling colourful ‘funky’ socks, food items, and DSSA t-shirts.

Pictured here is of Laura Chubb (left), 2016 President of DSSA presenting the donation cheque to Sue Cyr, Up About Down’s president. While we are grateful for the monetary donations, the awareness opportunities are really priceless for our group. And the students involved both in DSSA, and those participating in the walk, are such
a caring group of people.

They truly help to make the world a better place by helping to educate for our cause and promote an inclusive, positive environment! We are so grateful and we hope the 5K Down Syndrome Awareness Walk on the River will continue in celebration of World Down Syndrome Day next year, and every year for that matter.
Also, to our members who participated in the walk ? THANK YOU ? YOU made the event all the more special and important.

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18 Apr 2016


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Upcoming Events
Film: Intelligent Lives @ Olde Walkerville Theatre
Apr 26 @ 5:30 pm

There will be a FREE screening of the documentary film Intelligent Lives. Please see the attached flyer and consider sharing it with people, families, colleagues and within your networks.

Award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib produced Intelligent Lives, a catalyst to transform the label of intellectual disability from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America. This film challenges what it means to be intelligent, and points to a future in which people of ALL abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment and intimate relationships.

Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of the central characters, three young adults with intellectual disabilities who challenge the perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. He does this through the emotional personal story of his son Jesse, as the film unpacks the shameful and ongoing track record of intelligence testing.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with Janice Fialka and Richard Feldman, parents of Micah Fialka-Feldman, who stars in the film.

We’ve included both the short trailer, and the extended trailer for your convenience.

Date: Friday, April 26th
Location: Olde Walkerville Theatre
1564 Wyandotte St E, Windsor, ON N9A 3L3

Doors open at 5:30pm
Screening at 6:30pm and discussion to follow.

You can register for the event through the following URL:

Intelligent Lives Flyer

Spring 2019 Saturday Friendship Clubs begins soon!
Apr 27 @ 10:00 am – 2:15 pm

Please join the Cooking and Sports Clubs that Roots 2 Wings is offering beginning April 31, 2019.

Location: No.6 5650 Tecumseh Rd. E., Windsor, ON

RSVP: roots2wings@outlook.com

See flyer below for more information.

spring friendship clubs

Up About Down Board Meeting @ John McGivney Children's Centre
Apr 29 @ 6:00 pm

Up About Down Board meeting at John McGivney Children’s Centre.


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