What is the Buddy Walk®?

The Buddy Walk® was developed by the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) in 1995 to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. Every year there are more and more Buddy Walks celebrating people with Down syndrome all over the USA.

How does the event work?

The 2022 Manasota BUDS Buddy Walk® will be both in-person and virtual! We encourage you to get as many family members, friends, coworkers and past supporters involved in our community and their own. All funds raised during the Buddy Walk will continue to fund Manasota BUDS programs and events, and this year, we need your help more than ever before - for the first time ever, we have a physical location for our offices, meetings and activities!

When is the next Manasota BUDS Buddy Walk®?

We will be celebrating our 20th Anniversary Manasota BUDS Buddy Walk® on Saturday, October 29, 2022.  Check out our registration website: www.manasotabuds.org/buddywalk for information about participating and/or making a donation. All funds raised during the Buddy Walk will be used for upcoming programs, events and to turn our new space into a community support center for Manasota BUDS families!


Our Mission and Vision: To provide families with a neutral and supportive forum for sharing and networking, and to promote understanding and acceptance of Down syndrome.