The Down Syndrome Research Foundation occupies a 12,000 square foot building on Sperling Avenue in Burnaby. Facilities include a MEG laboratory, speech and language area, a multi-media library, classroom space for educational programs and a preschool. This is one of the few independent centres devoted to Down Syndrome, and involves a proactive collaboration of practitioners, academics, basic scientific researchers, parents, industry partners, and community stakeholders.
The MEG Laboratory at the DSRF is a unique community based research lab that currently has active research collaborations with Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, McMaster University, and other institutions including in British Columbia the Children and Women’s Hospital, Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health, Human Early Learning Partnership, and a private sector partner MEG International Services Ltd. The laboratory houses a whole head MEG system within a magnetically shielded room and has facilities for signal processing of brain imaging data.
Speech and Language Area
This area is utilized for both group and individual Speech and Language Therapy sessions . Currently our speech language pathologist is involved in various research projects related to speech and language development in people with Down Syndrome. Games and toys designed to help develop speech and communication skills are available for loan through our Toy Lending Library .
The assessment/play room, situated on the main floor of the building, is a large 1500 square foot space with an outdoor playground. It is filled with new toys and equipment featuring carefully selected developmentally appropriate learning materials. This colourful room, filled with natural light, is the perfect environment for early learning, and is used in a variety of our programs.
Classroom & Computer Lab
On the upper level of the building is the classroom and computer lab. The classroom is home to our adult literacy and communication programs. The computer lab is accessible to all students and volunteers and is used regularly.
A resource library provides reference, research, referral services, and a lending library staffed by a volunteer librarian. Reference and referral services are provided to members and non-members. Research services are provided to affiliated researchers while lending privileges of library materials are available to all current members.
The DSRF boardroom is a large space equiped with a whiteboard, projector and a television with a DVD player. Predominantly used by DSRF staff for meetings and programs, the boardroom is also available for rent. If you have a meeting, conference or small function and are interested in booking this space please contact Hina Mahmood , 604 444 3773.
For an individual or group tour of our facility, please contact Dawn McKenna ,
604 444 3773.