Arkansas Down Syndrome Association (ADSA) is proud to host Buddy Walk® - a day of celebration to promote awareness, acceptance and inclusion of individuals with Down syndrome!
ADSA was incorporated in 2004 and is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. We are dedicated to advocating for healthy, inclusive, and productive lives for people with Down syndrome (DS). We serve our DS community by providing free events and services for families across Arkansas—as well as sponsor awareness and educational materials for schools and communities. We're an all-volunteer organization guided by a diverse board of directors made up of medical professionals, members of our local business community and parents of children with DS. Our website, www.ardownsyndrome.org, is the largest and most comprehensive of Arkansas-based websites for families with DS—and includes valuable advocacy, community, educational, legal, medical, and tax resources.
Your support enables ADSA to continue providing local and statewide programs and services, along with advocacy and public awareness--benefiting all individuals with Down syndrome and their families.
Post your walk pictures to social media to help raise awareness! Don't forget to tag us @ardownsyndromeassociation or #dsawarenessAR! You can also email us your pictures at email@example.com!
Form your team, get your family and friends to come together and help our loved ones with Down syndrome feel accepted, supported, and celebrated!
2022 ADSA Buddy Walk Leaderboard
- 1 Heather Honaker $1,054.87 raised
- 2 Cross Coleman $503.23 raised
- 3 DeAnn Hunt $287.05 raised
- 4 Lena Adams $152.97 raised
- 5 Carly Luck $124.12 raised
- 1 Al's A Team $2,742.34 raised
- 2 MJ the DJ Superstars $1,205.78 raised
- 3 Ellie's Entourage $1,104.87 raised
- 4 Notorious N.O.A.H. $1,051.00 raised
- 5 Charlie's Crew $1,049.72 raised
Family Zoo Day
We provide free zoo admission, ride tokens, reserved seating area and refreshments to our families!
Camp out of the Box Program
During summer, ADSA sends boxes with four days of themed activities and supplies to DS families around the state.
Mosaic Sidewalk Chalk Drawing
Ava's beautiful mosaic from camp out of the box!
National DS Association Leaders Meeting
ADSA participates in meetings with leaders of DS organizations around the country.
Collaboration with Global Foundation
ADSA was invited, along with other DS groups in the country, to meet with Michelle Whitten, CEO of Global DS Foundation, to discuss current issues in our community.
Free Book Program
Free behavior book for Arkansas DS families, to help build positive behaviors and habits in our loved ones.
2020 Parent Support
In November of 2020 we provided scholarships for Arkansas DS families to help parents attend this important seminar on managing challenging behavior.
Touch Base Tuesday
Monthly Zoom with parents and caregivers to connect, inform, share, and support each other.
Down Syndrome Awareness Week at Robinson High School
World Down Syndrome Day
Celebrating World Down Syndrome Day in the Arkansas State Senate.
Mom's Night Out
We host dinner out for moms to connect with other moms, network, and share triumphs and challenges.
Governor Hutchins World Down Syndrome Day Proclamation
We provide dinner for parents and caregivers to connect and share stories.
Annual Spring Dance
Free educational conferences held in the spring and fall, with regional and national experts.
A social outing for young adults. ADSA provides dinner and activities.
Annual Christmas Party
Free Fall Family Fun!
Block Party Photo Booth
Friends having fun!
Down Syndrome Awareness License Plate
Raise awareness all year long.
Visa Gift Card Program
Given out to parents/caregivers, to help with incidentals, when their child is admitted to AR Children's Hospital Little Rock.
Free Book Program
Given out to new parents.
- $20 per person
- $15 for ages 13 and under
- FREE for People with DS
- Be a Virtual Walker!
- Registration after 9-12 NO T-shirt guarentee
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Buddy Walk® History
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 the acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. Over 300,000 people walk from coast to coast and around the world each year.