Ups and Downs is a registered non-profit, volunteer-run organization for people with Down syndrome and their parents, families and friends. Founded in 1984 by a group of like-minded parents, Ups and Downs now provides a wide variety of services and personal involvement opportunities to the Calgary area and Southern Alberta.

Our Vision

To promote and create lifelong partnerships that foster family connections, friendships, healthy lifestyle, an inclusive community, and a future without limits. 

Our Mission

To be a vibrant family support group that enriches the lives of individuals with Down Syndrome and their families by advancing education through conferences, workshops, seminars and social activities which creates awareness and acceptance in the broader community.

Our Goals

  • To provide opportunities for the families of people with Down Syndrome through education of acceptance and inclusion of people with down syndrome into society, thereby allowing them to attain their maximum potential.
  • To provide an opportunity for the families of people with Down Syndrome to come together on a regular basis to share experiences and exchange information.
  • To gather and share up-to-date information about Down syndrome to our membership, health care professionals, education professionals and the general public.
  • To foster and maintain liaisons with other groups interested in improving the quality of life for individuals with Down syndrome.