Down Syndrome Awareness Week took place from November 3rd to November 7th. Within this week, a workshop was held at Wanuskewin Heritage Park and was funded by SaskTel. As this disorder is special to our school, several staff members [Ms. Key, Mrs. Knittig, Mrs. Knackstedt, Lana Abercrombi (SERT), Jessica Blanch (SLP), Aaron Bates (OT)] were interested and attended this full day session. A key presenter for the workshop was a Calgary based not-for-profit organization called PREP (Pride. Respect. Empowerment. Progress) which provides innovative educational and therapy services to children with Down Syndrome. PREP’s full day seminar focused the learning on how to create a welcoming and inclusive classroom. Some important messages that the participants brought back for the students and staff alike were: how to be a good friend; we are all the same and we are all different; it is okay to have Down Syndrome.
All the attendees positively praised the workshop for the knowledge they were provided with and the ways it can be implemented for our entire school! Truly a winning combination for the awareness and education about this disorder!