For more than two years now, a group of dedicated parents and the AIM (Ability in Me) Board have made great strides in identifying the needs of individuals with Down syndrome and their families. From these endeavors came AIM – a non-profit, charitable organization located in Saskatoon offering specialized therapy and innovative programs that support individuals with Down syndrome and their families. AIM puts emphasis on the successful inclusion of these children in home, school, and community settings.
AIM began offering services on January 19, 2015, to all Saskatchewan families who require additional services beyond what is currently available to them within the province. After opening our doors in January 2015, the program has continued to expand, growing from 42 children to 81. This shows a growing need for these type of services as approximately 19 children with Down syndrome are born in Saskatchewan each year.
AIM is able to provide these different programs because of financial support from the Saskatchewan government, along with donations from different corporations, local businesses, families, and private individuals. Our grand opening was on January 8th, 2015, to announce government funding of the program. This event was attended by the Premier Brad Wall, Minister of Education Don Morgan, Minister of Social Services Donna Harpauer, the Mayor of Saskatoon, with a number of MLAs, families, and other supporters in attendance.
In 2016, we were able to secure a facility with more space in order to accommodate the growing amount of families and children participating in the program. An open house was held on March 21st, 2016, to show off the new building, as well as to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. We were lucky enough to once again have the Premier Brad Wall in attendance to help celebrate this day with the children and families involved with the AIM program.
For more information and the latest updates from AIM, please check out our Newsletter below.
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Your support for the AIM program is much appreciated. Should you have questions or want to sign up your child, please contact us by filling in the form below or call us at (306) 381-6246.