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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
Virtual ADSA Buddy Walk Leaderboard
- 1 Tammy Jones $195.00 raised
- 2 Fran Lanari $70.00 raised
- 3 Monica Smith $45.00 raised
- 4 Thomas Burchfield $40.00 raised
- 5 Amanda Black $20.00 raised
- 1 Al's A-Team $843.14 raised
- 2 Nicholas's Roadwalkers $195.00 raised
- 3 Michael Joe’s Superstars $80.55 raised
- 4 Skylar Faulkner $60.00 raised
- 5 Team Cecilia $40.00 raised
Briggs Sensory Mask Program
Briggs Equipment sponsored free sensory masks to children and adults with sensory issues around the state.
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.
Snow Queen Elsa Zoom
Over the winter school break Queen Elsa and Wonder Girl visited with our friends!
Winter Break Activity Box
Over the winter school break, four days of themed activities, with supplies, were sent out to families around the state!
For those who couldn't visit Santa in person! Santa read a story and sang Christmas songs with our friends AND listened to Christmas wish lists!
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 2019
Family Zoo Day
We provide free zoo admission and ride tokens to for our families!
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.
Free educational conferences held in the spring and fall, with regional and national experts.
We provide dinner and activities for young adults.
Annual Christmas Party
Free Fall Family Fun!
Block Party Photo Booth
Friends having fun!
Down Syndrome Awareness License Plate
Raise awareness all year long.
Free Bike Camp
We gave each participant a bike and taught them how to ride.
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.
Registration-Comes with a T-Shirt
- $20 per person
- $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!
- 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!
(Must be registered and have raised your $210 or $500 by September 21)
ADSA BUDDY WALK WEEKEND VIDEO!
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 email@example.com 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.
Buddy Walk Weekend Kicks off Friday Night
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.