McIntyre Family: “Almost twenty years ago, when our baby boy entered the world, we were thrilled but it was pretty worrying when we were told that he had Down syndrome. We immediately turned to ‘Ups and Downs’ for guidance, connections and support. The organization did not disappoint, and we received vital, continuously updated information while perpetually meeting other families who were going through the same challenges as ourselves.
Having a child with Down syndrome can be quite lonely and isolating, for the child and also for their families. Raising our boy has been a roller coaster of euphoric happiness and pride but also frustrations, fears and heartbreaks. The joyful highs and bleakest lows can all be viewed as a positive within a group who makes one feel a sense of belonging and understanding. Meanwhile, our son has been able to attend Ups and Downs’ dances, conferences, cooking classes, and countless other social events alongside his peers, from all over the city. He has a busy, fulfilling social life with friends whom he has known his whole life.
In addition, the organization’s volunteer opportunities have enabled me to pass on knowledge and support to new parents and gives my family’s journey a feeling of meaning and purpose. This fantastic organization, and the cherished circle of friends that we have made there, have helped our whole family to remain strong and positive through all the ups and downs of our son’s life.”
– Michelle & Drew McIntyre