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Manasota BUDS Events & Announcements

We have some exciting things in the works here at Manasota BUDS! Please continue to check our website for updates as we continue to add additional programs, events and activities for individuals with Down syndrome and their families.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, Manasota BUDS has encouraged families to use their best judgement when it comes to exposing your loved ones to others who may spread the illness. We are very aware that the youngest of our vulnerable population still has not been approved to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, should families decide it is right for them. Please be aware that Manasota BUDS social events and activities are at your own risk, and Manasota BUDS is not responsible for any spread of illness.

The NDSC (National Down Syndrome Congress) has released information on the COVID-19 Vaccine for individuals with Down syndrome. We provide you with this information so you can make an informed decision regarding the vaccine and whether it is right for your loved one with Down syndrome.


Manasota BUDS 20th Anniversary Buddy Walk

Saturday, February 5th, 2022

Same great walk, exciting new location and possibilities!

Coki Campus


After careful consideration, the Manasota BUDS Buddy Walk Committee and Board of Directors have made the difficult decision to postpone our 20th Anniversary Buddy Walk until February 5th, 2022. Our original date in October leaves too many of our youngest and most vulnerable population unprotected amidst a very concerning rise in COVID-19 cases. While we want to get back to our regular events, the health and safety of our BUDS community and supporters is our #1 priority.

So what does this mean for Buddy Walk? We have a lot more time to put together a great, NEW event for Buddy Walk participants! Please create your team, sign up your family and invite your friends, coworkers and extended family to participate. Everyone who registers will be given their own fundraising webpage that's easy to link to your social media accounts, to help bring in donations for Manasota BUDS.

We need your help to make this our best ever Buddy Walk!

Manasota BUDS 20th Anniversary Buddy Walk



RSVP Required for Parent Workshops (Several Dates)

Virtual Parent Educational Series on Puberty & Sexuality

Terri Couwenhoven MS, CSE is a well-known certified sex educator and author specializing in the design and implementation of sexuality programs and resources for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, their parents, and the professionals who support them.

October 30, 2021 - 10:00 a.m:   Don't Cross the Line! Understanding Boundary Confusion in People with I/DD (60 minutes)

November 20, 2021 - 10:00:  I Want to Date! Supporting Healthy Dating Relationships (60 minutes)

RSVP now to [email protected] - there is no cost to Manasota BUDS families.



Teen & Adult BUDS Social Gathering

When:  October 17, 2021, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Where:  Longwood Park Pavilion, 6050 Longwood Run Blvd, Sarasota, FL

This will be an outdoor picnic for teenagers and adults with Down syndrome at the Longwood Run Park Pavilion off University Parkway/Longwood Run Blvd.

Please RSVP no later than 10/14/2021 to [email protected], as Manasota BUDS will be providing food/beverages for attendees.


DADS Night Out

When:  Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 7:00pm

Where:  Gecko's Grill & Pub, 351 N. Cattlemen Rd, Sarasota 34232

The Manasota BUDS chapter of DADS meets for a meal, cold drinks and good conversations, usually the second Wednesday of every month. RSVP now or sign up to receive DADS updates by emailing [email protected]

*Manasota BUDS will purchase food and soft drinks for those who RSVP via email or social media. Alcoholic beverages must be purchased separately by the consumer.



Stage Door Studios - Dance Classes

Manasota BUDS is pleased to sponsor a dance class at Stage Door Studios.

Ages 4 and older - Thursdays 4:15 - 4:55pm Season is happening NOW for 2021!

In order to register your dancer, you must contact Stage Door Studios by calling 941-921-1600 or emailing them directly at [email protected]

Please note:  Participation is voluntary, and Manasota BUDS cannot be held responsible for anyone who contracts COVID-19 or any other illness while participating in sponsored activities.

Programs & Services

Mailing Address:

8374 Market Street, #113, Bradenton, FL 34202


[email protected]



Please excuse our mess as we organize our new location, digital materials and resources. 

We're so excited about the future of Manasota BUDS!


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