The Canadian Association of Williams Syndrome (CAWS) was founded by a group of parents in 1984. We are a national federation of the provinces of Canada that provide support to William syndrome individuals and their families. Our registered non-profit society consists of 350 families and continues to grow as awareness is increased and information is shared. CAWS is often support for other Williams Syndrome Associations and their families around the world and vice versa.

CAWS' goals are:

  • To support research into the educational, behavioural, social and medical aspects of Williams syndrome.
  • To increase society’s awareness of CAWS so individuals with Williams syndrome and their families have a resource available to them.
  • To become visible to the medical scientific, educational and professional communities by providing information on Williams syndrome.

These combined goals will improve the integration of individuals with Williams syndrome into society and help to educate society as a whole.

We are here to advance and assist education, research and knowledge of the medical condition described as Williams Syndrome and to participate in research projects and efforts to assist those with WS in achieving full status in the community such as schools, employment and housing.


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