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Monthly Meetings

1st Thursday of every month at Living Lord Lutheran Church (11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch 34202). Dinner and childcare provided at no cost to BUDS families.

Upcoming meetings:

Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. - Buddy Walk information, Parent Support, Networking

Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. - Let's B Safe Parent Workshop

Join us for this very special BUDS parent workshop as Brenda Zofrea presents Let's B Safe:  How to talk to your children about personal safety. (This will last approximately one hour plus Q & A.) Visit the Let's B Safe website for more information!


D.A.D.S. Night Out

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 from 6:30 - 10:00 p.m. (Location TBD)

ALL Dads are invited and welcome at this monthly event. (Location varies.) Dadsnightout@manasotabuds.org


Buddy Walk Online Registration and Fundraising is open!

The Manasota BUDS 14th Annual Buddy Walk is scheduled for Saturday, October 17, 2015!

We need volunteers for the Buddy Walk Planning Committee NOW! If you're interested in being a part of the BW Planning Committee, please email info@manasotabuds.org.


Buddy Up Tennis Sarasota

Buddy Up Tennis is a weekly, high-energy 90-minute program focused on adaptive tennis, fitness, and fun for children and adults with Down Syndrome. Visit the Buddy Up Tennis website or email sarasota@buddyuptennis.com for more information on current and upcoming sessions!

Programs & Services

Group Meetings & Events

Connect with other families, learn more about current support systems and get involved! We offer guest speakers and time to network with other families. We also invite you to join in our Buddy Walk to socialize, connect and raise awareness about the BUDS mission.

Meetings are held the 1st Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202. Food and drinks provided.

New & Expectant Parent Kits

Kits include books and inspirational essays, local contact names and phone numbers, and information about Manasota BUDS, NDSS, and NDSC. All materials are compiled and approved by Manasota BUDS parents, with families in mind.

Small Group Activities

Join our youth community!
Little Buddies - age birth to five
BUDS Kids - age 6 to 10
Teen BUDS - age 11 to 18
YADS - Young adults with Down syndrome, age 18+

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