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.  

Buddy Walk is VIRTUAL this year due to rising COVID cases, but we can still raise awareness and celebrate with our family, friends and neighbors! Join us Saturday, October 2nd and "Walk Your Way". 

"Walk your Way", means you can choose how to celebrate as we kick off Down Syndrome Awareness Month! Take a walk around your house, yard or neighborhood, go for a hike, climb a mountain, hop on the treadmill; have a cookout, picnic, tailgate party; decorate your car in DS colors (balloons, crepe paper ribbon...) and go for a drive; watch a movie outdoors (Peanut Butter Falcon!)--all while wearing your ADSA Buddy Walk t-shirt! You get the idea: Take some pictures and post to social media to help raise awareness! Don't forget to tag us @ardownsyndromeassociation or #dsawarenessAR! You can also email us at contact@ardownsyndrome.org! Form your team, get your family and friends to come together virtually, and help our loved ones with Down syndrome feel accepted, supported, and celebrated! 

Registration-Comes with a T-Shirt

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  • $15 for ages 13 and under
  • FREE for People with DS--and FREE t-shirt

Register as a TEAM CAPTAIN:

  • Raise $210 and Receive a "Walk Your Way" box of goodies for your celebration with pom poms, bubbles, beaded necklaces, clappers, sunglasses, sidewalk chalk, stickers and balloons!
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  • Raise $500 and receive a Bonus Bag of goodies (with the box) for your celebration with a $25 Visa gift card, DS Awareness--car magnets, tattoos, key chains and a window cling! 
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(Must be registered and have raised your $210 or $500 by September 21)


We'll be posting an awareness celebration video after the Buddy Walk Weekend, and would love to include your team! Send us your photos to contact@ardownsyndrome.org and tag us on your social media posts--@ardownsyndromeassociation #dsawarenessAR

Text to Give

Text ADSA to 50155 to make a donation.

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.  

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Buddy Walk Weekend Kicks off Friday Night

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Friday, October 1, 2021  6:30pm.

Join John Cronin of John's Crazy Socks for a Virtual Dance Party!

Saturday, October 2, 2021--anytime!

Buddy "Walk Your Way"

Sunday, October 3, 2021 Dusk

Downtown Little Rock Bridge Lighting

About Arkansas Down Syndrome Association

Arkansas Down Syndrome Association (ADSA) was incorporated in 2004 and is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. ADSA is 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 are 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, 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.