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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!


Manasota BUDS Buddy Walk

Save the date - October 17, 2020!

The Manasota BUDS Board of Directors would like your input on the 2020 Manasota BUDS Buddy Walk! Due to COVID-19 and the CDC guidelines on social distancing, we want to make sure everyone feels safe and stays healthy during Buddy Walk season, and we need your help to make the determination of whether to hold an in-person or a virtual Buddy Walk event.

Please take a few moments (less than 5 minutes) to complete this survey regarding our 2020 Buddy Walk:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SBBKW36


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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