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Premier Attends Grand Opening Of New Facility For People With Down Syndrome In Saskatoon

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Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall today attended the official grand opening of the new facility housing the AIM (Ability In ME) Program in Saskatoon.  March 21 is recognized by the United Nations and World Health Organization as World Down Syndrome Day.

The AIM Program is a non-profit, charitable organization providing specialized therapy and language programs to help children with Down Syndrome. AIM is designed to help children with Down Syndrome meet their full potential and better integrate at home and in schools. It began offering programs in January of 2015.  Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Education has committed to providing $720,000 to AIM, over a two-year period starting April 1st, 2015

The new facility on Miller Avenue in Saskatoon’s north end will offer expanded programs and a more welcoming space for families.

“We’re here today because of the tireless work of a volunteer board and highly trained professionals, ready to meet the needs of a very special group of young people,” Wall said.

“We need a vibrant and growing economy to help support things like the AIM Program and make good on our promise to make Saskatchewan the best province in Canada for everyone, including those with special needs.”

“There is so much we want to accomplish,” said AIM Executive Director Tammy Ives.  “But we would not have been able to achieve what we have so far without the support and collaboration of government, the health and education sectors, families, community and corporate organizations.  Together, we are making a difference in the lives of children with Down syndrome here in Saskatchewan. 

“The families are thrilled to have the opportunity to meet with Premier Wall to share the stories of the positive impact AIM is having on their children.”

AIM provides programs for children from infancy to the age of 21. This includes enriched early learning classes for children between the ages of 2 and 5 which draws on the services of a speech/language pathologist, a music therapist and an occupational therapist.

There are also programs to help parents and caregivers develop a child’s social skills and motor skills.

AIM receives financial support from corporations, local businesses, individuals and the Government  Saskatchewan.

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For further information:  Kathy Young, (306) 359-1638 or 1-800-966-9611, kathy.young@saskparty.com

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