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20th Annual Puget Sound Buddy Walk

Join us on Sunday, October 2nd at Seattle Center for the 20th Annual Puget Sound Buddy Walk! The Buddy Walk is a time to celebrate our family and community members with Down syndrome; to promote their acceptance, inclusion and respect; and to raise funds in support of the DSC.  We have a fun day planned with returning favorite activities, as well as special 20th anniversary commemorations.  You won’t want to miss it!

Our mission is to provide impactful programs and resources for individuals with Down syndrome and their families while evolving perceptions in the broader community.

 

We’ve been building this community in the Puget Sound region for over 25 years. Five core efforts define our vision and guide how we serve and advocate for individuals with Down syndrome:

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Outreach

Our First Call program welcomes new and expecting parents by providing accurate, up-to-date information and parent mentors. Support starts at diagnosis and continues from infancy through adulthood. Our help line gives you immediate access to our deep store of experience and connections.

Community Events

The biggest party of the year happens every October at the Puget Sound Buddy Walk. We also host fun networking events throughout the year, and team up with other organizations when opportunities arise to bring you spontaneous events.

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Community Groups

We sponsor age-based social groups across the region through our DSC Friends program. Our affiliate groups include D.A.D.S. of Puget Sound, The U.P.S.I.D.E., and Whidbey Island. We foster relationships with national and local nonprofits who also support individuals with Down syndrome, such as NDSS, NDSC, the Arc and IDSC.

Education

We offer bi-annual conferences, various speaker events, and educational programs, such as the Learning Program. We continually educate the public and our membership on issues of interest to our community.

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Advocacy

As people near adulthood, they become more interested in affecting the world around them. We strive to offer both opportunities for enrichment and growth as well as occasions for advocacy—all intended to create strong, lifelong self-advocates.