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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.

Monthly BUDS Families Meeting

August 5, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

NEW LOCATION:  11011 SR72 East (East Clark RD), Sarasota 34241

This month's topics include:  The new location/office and meeting space for Manasota BUDS, our 20th Anniversary Buddy Walk coming up on October 23, 2021, and a lot more! This is a meeting you don't want to miss.

Light refreshments will be served at the August meeting.

DADS Night Out

When:  Wednesday, August 11, 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. Alcoholic beverages must be purchased separately by the consumer.

Moms Night Out

When:  Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at 6:00pm

Where:  To Be Determined

Please check back soon for updates on location.

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

Save the Date!

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.

September 25, 2021 - 9:00 a.m.:   Preparing for Puberty:  Supporting Healthy Sexuality for Tween FEMALES (60 minutes)

September 25, 2021 - 10:15 a.m.:   Preparing for Puberty:  Supporting Healthy Sexuality for Tween MALES (60 minutes)

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)

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Register now for our 20th Anniversary Buddy Walk! (More updates coming soon!)

Manasota BUDS 20th Anniversary Buddy Walk Online Registration


Buddy Up Tennis/Buddy Up Live

Fall 2021 Information Coming Soon!


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 begins on August 12, 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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