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COVID-19 Update – DSRF Services & Support

As a result of today’s announcement by the Province of BC that schools will remain closed and in-person services are suspended indefinitely, DSRF will also remain closed and is suspending all in-person services indefinitely.

March 17, 2020

To: Our Community

Fr. Wayne Leslie, Chief Executive Officer, Down Syndrome Resource Foundation

RE: COVID-19 Update – DSRF Services & Support

I wanted to personally reach out to DSRF families, supporters and British Columbians to provide an update on actions DSRF is taking to support local and provincial efforts to prevent further spread of the coronavirus and protect the health, safety and well-being of BC’s Down syndrome community. Since closing last week for our usual Spring Break, we have continued regular cleaning of our facilities and limited staff activity at these locations to enhance and preserve cleanliness.

As a result of today’s announcement by the Province of BC that schools will remain closed and in-person services are suspended indefinitely, DSRF will also remain closed and is suspending all in-person services indefinitely.

We recognize and acknowledge the difficulty this imposes for families who rely on us. We do not take suspension of our essential services lightly, but the health of our families, the health of our team members and the health of British Columbia, is foremost in our mind. We believe an integral part of this approach is being completely in step with the guidance and actions that government and health officials are taking to protect organizations like DSRF, such as schools. We are continually monitoring this situation and in contact with the appropriate agencies to stay on top of the issue.

In the interim, our dedicated team of specialized therapists, teachers and support staff are developing strategies to provide continuity of care and a level of service and support for our families to help them through this very difficult time. We anticipate these will include options for clients, students and parents, to speak directly with members of our team either by phone or online.

We understand that along with the serious health concerns being faced, the current situation may be placing families under immense financial pressure. For this reason, and until further notice, all DSRF services will be provided free of charge.

We hope that in some small way, it gives families of individuals with Down syndrome comfort knowing their health, safety and well-being remains our #1 priority.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the supporters who have contacted us asking how they can help, in their own way, our efforts to protect and assist those who are most vulnerable during this unprecedented crisis. We are humbled by your willingness to think of others during what we know is also a difficult time for yourselves.

For the past 25 years, DSRF has provided essential services to British Columbia’s Down syndrome community, through good times and bad. We remain resolute that, working together, hand-in-hand, we will successfully navigate this very challenging period.

Sincerely,

Wayne Leslie

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