Upcoming Events & Announcements
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Manasota BUDS Events & Announcements
All in-person 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!
Manasota BUDS is going VIRTUAL for our 2020 Buddy Walk!
On October 17, 2020 during Down Syndrome Awareness Month
, we hope you will join us for the 19th Annual Manasota BUDS Virtual Buddy Walk
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of our participants is our #1 concern, so this year, you will be able to
walk in the comfort and safety of your own community
As we put the finishing touches on our Virtual Buddy Walk registration and fundraising website, please save the date and forward the information to all of your friends, family and coworkers. Additionally, we have updated our sponsorship information and would really appreciate if you would provide the information to your employer, corporate relationships and local businesses to help us gain sponsors. Team captains or families who bring in a sponsor by September 15th will receive 4 free virtual Buddy Walk registrations!
The best thing about a Virtual Buddy Walk is that everyone from all over the country, and even around the world, can walk, raise awareness and fundraise for Manasota BUDS!
In the upcoming days and weeks, we will send out more information on registration and provide our virtual participants with specific #hashtags to promote and update your social media followers on how you're supporting the Manasota BUDS Virtual Buddy Walk in 2020.
Manasota BUDS needs your help this year more than ever before to help us raise awareness and funds that will keep our programs, scholarships and events going through 2021. We know 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone, and we appreciate your continued support!
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+