Creating Visual Supports

Today while browsing Facebook, I saw that the Down Syndrome Research Foundation posted this link to a website for creating visual supports for your child.  I know that personally this has been a big help in my household and others for child who are delayed with talking.

Here is the link to the site.


If you have a link to website that you would like to share with TNUDS please fill out the contact form and I will have it added to the site.





TNUDS Annual General Meeting


It is that time of year when we must do our Societal duties and have an AGM for TNUDS, We endeavour to make it as painless and fun as possible, so this year the Directors have chosen a different type of venue for our Annual Meeting.


We are going to have it at Riverside Park, June 16th at 12:00 noon.

The Board has chosen to do a partnership approach with the Kamloops Brain Injury Association this year. The KBIA is having an Activity and Awareness Day at Riverside Park on June 16th, that will be held between 11 am – 3pm, and they will be having a BBQ and entertainment.

We decided to set up a small booth for TNUDS at their Activity and Awareness Day to support the KBIA and get our society some exposure. Then, we thought our AGM would well placed at such a community event so have chosen this venue.

Your families can come and take in the event (BBQ, entertainment, games, park playground, etc) and we would meet around the TNUDS booth/table at 12:00 noon for a short meeting to update you on the past year and discuss the coming year, as well as elect our Board.

Please consider becoming a Board member if you can. We realize that raising our families is a full time job, but we try and make it as easy as possible to get involved, with the least pressure on your time that we can.


If you have any questions regarding the AGM, please contact us!

Variety’s Boat for Hope


Variety’s Boat for Hope event is a fun-filled day on the water that provides unique experiences to children who have special needs. Local skippers volunteer their time and their boats for a pirate adventure on the high seas!


These events raise significant funds for Variety through the skippers plus corporate and community partners, while at the same time providing a one of a kind experience for children and their families. Since its inception, Boat for Hope has raised over $1.2 million.


This years Boat for Hope in Kelowna is June 16!

Visit for more information.

World Down Syndrome Day


March 21 marks the 7th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day and for the first time in 2012 this day will be officially observed by the United Nations. Each year the voice of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grows louder. But there is still so much more we can do.

Did you know that the date March (3) 21 represents the 3 copies of the twenty first chromosome that is unique to people with Down Syndrome?

We want to encourage everyone to choose your own themes, activities and events to help raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.

To find out more about this day and gatherings around the world please visit the World Down Syndrome Day’s website at

The Canadian Down Syndrome Society has also announced the 2012 Canadian Down Syndrome Day Heroes and our very own Dominique Baird is on the list! Congratulations!! The view all the heroes you can check out the CDSS website here.  Congrats Dominique!