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All events, programs, workshops and nights out have been cancelled due to COVID-19 and the recommendation of social distancing. The NDSS (National Down Syndrome Society) has released information regarding the impact this virus may have on the Down syndrome community. For more information, please visit:  http://www.ndss.org

We wish you and your family good health and look forward to seeing you when it is safe to resume normal events and activities!


Summer Camp Scholarships

Manasota BUDS is pleased to offer Summer Camp and Enrichment Activities Scholarships for the Summer of 2020!

Manasota BUDS requires that an online application be completed for all individuals with Down syndrome who wish to receive a scholarship for the Summer of 2020 to attend a summer camp, approved enrichment activities, summer classes or other approved activity. This scholarship is available to individuals with Down syndrome living in Manatee or Sarasota county. If applying from a surrounding Florida county, Board of Directors approval is required and not guaranteed. NO OUT-OF-STATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE APPROVED.

All applications must be completed no later than May 25, 2020 to be considered for a Summer 2020 scholarship. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application via email following review by the Board of Directors.

Click here to complete your scholarship application by May 25, 2020



Manasota BUDS Buddy Walk

Save the date - October 17, 2020!


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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