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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 with Music Therapy session provided at no cost to BUDS families.

Upcoming meetings:

July 7, 2016 -  MEETING CANCELLED (Due to summer schedules)

August 4, 2016 - Guest speaker to be announced.


Buddy Walk 2016 - Online Registration is now open!

Get your team together and get ready to raise some funds for The Manasota BUDS 15th Annual Buddy Walk on Saturday, October 22, 2016!

Register online before September 15, 2016 to guarantee your FREE T-shirt.

We can't wait to celebrate 15 years of Manasota BUDS with BUDS families, friends, supporters and sponsors! Sponsorships for this HUGE event are available. For more information, please contact:  info@manasotabuds.org

Buddy Walk Sponsorship Opportunities are available!


Little Buddies Support and Playgroup

We're bringing it back! This is a playgroup for young children with Down syndrome, ages birth to 4 years old. We'll be providing an opportunity for peer to peer playtime in conjunction with parent supported play and music appreciation classes. Additionally, we'll be using this time to support our fellow new BUDS parents in any way we can. 

The Little Buddies group will meet every other Thursday from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. at the Living Lord Lutheran Church (11107 Palmbrush Trail in Lakewood Ranch) in the Sanctuary Hall. Light refreshments will be served.

Upcoming Little Buddies Playgroup Dates:

July 7, 2016    -    July 21, 2016    -       August 4, 2016    -    August 18, 2016


Moms' Night Out

We hope you can join us for a nice, relaxing evening out with other BUDS moms - good conversation and lots of laughter guaranteed!

Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at Apollonia Grill, 8235 Cooper Creek Blvd, University Park (University and I-75 area).

BUDS will purchase appetizers and soft drinks for all - you are welcome to purchase your own wine, beer or cocktails and dinner. To reserve your seat at the table, please RSVP HERE!


D.A.D.S. Night Out

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 from 6:30 - 10:00 p.m.

*Gecko's Grill & Pub, 351 N. Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota, FL 34232 (Fruitville/Cattlemen)

ALL Dads are invited and welcome at this monthly event. Dadsnightout@manasotabuds.org


Gulf Coast MBA Annual Golf Tournament

A big thank-you to the Gulf Coast Mortgage Bankers Association for raising $7500 for Manasota BUDS at their Annual Golf Tournament on May 6th! We would like to thank all of the golfers and volunteers who made the event a huge success!


National Down Syndrome Congress Convention - Orlando, FL

Each year, thousands of people from across the globe attend the National Down Syndrome Congress Annual Convention. For most, it’s to hear the latest information from world-renowned experts, but for nearly all, there’s the one-of-a-kind NDSC family reunion feeling that permeates the convention weekend.

This year, the convention will be held at JW Marriott Grand Lakes, Orlando, Florida: July 21-24, 2016!
Starting April 11, 2016, you may register for the convention and book your hotel room by clicking here.


Manasota BUDS will be offering 20 (twenty) family reimbursement scholarships to help ease the financial burden for BUDS families who wish to attend this convention. These scholarships will not exceed $500, and are limited to one per BUDS family. YOU MUST live in either Manatee or Sarasota counties and complete this online scholarship application to be considered for this reimbursement scholarship.

Scholarships are on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS and are not guaranteed until you receive confirmation directly from Manasota BUDS that your application has been approved. Additionally, this reimbursement scholarship may not cover the full cost of the convention registration fee, hotel expenses, food and travel. Any convention expenses paid over the scholarship amount will be the responsibility of the family.  


Martial Arts Classes - (Ongoing)

Manasota BUDS is sponsoring Martial Arts classes for individuals with Down syndrome (age 6 years-old and up) starting February 5th! The classes will be held at Bostocks Martial Arts in Bradenton on Fridays from 6:00 - 6:45 p.m.

Please click here for more information and to register your child.

There is no cost to registered Manasota BUDS families.


Dance Class Sign-Up - (Ongoing)

Manasota BUDS has partnered with Stage Door Studios in Sarasota to provide a dance class for girls and boys with Down syndrome, ages 5 - 12 years old. 

Where:  Stage Door Studios - 4001 Cattlemen Rd, Sarasota, FL 34233
Style: Hip-Hop and Personal Expression
Attire: No specific attire is required.  Dance shoes are optional, tennis shoes are perfect.
If you are attending, please pre-register online by following the following link:
This class is fully paid for by Manasota BUDS in support of our members who love to dance! No prior experience or skills are required.
If you have any further questions feel free to contact Brooke Olivieri at bolivieri@manasotabuds.org
We are testing out this class.  If all is successful we are hoping to expand to another class for older students.  We are also hoping to get a time slot in Fall that works for as many families as possible.


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!


Save the Date - Signing Time Concert

On September 10, 2016, Manasota BUDS will host Emmy-nominated Rachel Coleman, and her Signing Time Concert, which will be open to all BUDS families. We will also be selling tickets to the general public, depending on ticket availability. 

Please save the date and subscribe to our E-newsletter for more information to come soon!

Click here for more information on Signing Time and Rachel Coleman.


Thank you to our first Buddy Walk sponsor!

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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