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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

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.

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


ZOOM Meeting for BUDS Families

Thursday, March 4, 2021, from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Brooke Olivieri will be presenting on supporting your child's educational needs during the pandemic, with helpful suggestions and insight that come along with being the mom of a middle schooler with Down syndrome and a very dedicated ESE teacher.

A Zoom Meeting link will become available in the Manasota BUDS Parents Only Facebook Group. If you do not have access to this group, you can request to join the group prior to the meeting date, or email [email protected] and request the meeting link. All requests for the meeting link must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, 3/4/2021.


Thank you for your support of our 2020 Virtual Buddy Walk. We hope to see you in October 2021 for our 20th Anniversary Buddy Walk!


Buddy Up Tennis/Buddy Up Live

Buddy Up Tennis Sarasota is offering three different live, interactive and virtual programs for 10 weeks during the Winter 2021 session. Manasota BUDS is pleased to sponsor these programs for individuals with Down syndrome living in either Manatee or Sarasota counties. Pick and choose which program(s) your athlete will participate in, Fitness, Kickboxing and/or Zumba.



Stage Door Studios - Dance Classes

Manasota BUDS is pleased to sponsor two dance classes at Stage Door Studios. Classes will be offered in-person and via Zoom to allow for families who are not ready to resume in-person classes due to COVID-19 concerns.

Ages 4 to 8 - Wednesdays 4:00 - 4:30pm

Ages 9 and older - Thursdays 4:15 - 4:55pm

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.

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