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2018 Buddy Walk Feedback

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A Big Buddy Walk Thank You!

Ducat Family at Buddy WalkMany thanks to everyone that attended and contributed to the 2018 DSAA Buddy Walk on October 6, 2018. Your support and enthusiasm are the life-blood of our organization and allow us to fervently pursue our mission of raising awareness, uniting our community, and building bridges, so that individuals with Down syndrome and their families are connected to opportunities for an amazing life. As always, the day was a wonderful celebration of the fantastic and thriving community that we have here in Atlanta. It really is one of my favorite days of the year and I thank you for allowing me the opportunity to be able to share it with each and every one of you. Our strength is in our community and the Buddy Walk is the perfect manifestation of that.

Congratulations to our Buddies of the Year, Grace Key and Bradley Carlisle. They are true inspirations and wonderful examples for us all. I particularly enjoyed seeing the many past Buddies of the Year that were in attendance and having the opportunity to hear about all of the amazing things that they have accomplished. The future is bright with this group of young leaders.

Finally, I’d like to say a special thank you to our Buddy Walk Committee led by Nanci Brown and Meagan Nash, our Executive Director- Sheryl Arno, and the dozens of volunteers that selflessly gave hours upon hours of their time over the past twelve months to plan and throw the event. We were met with many challenges this year and I thought that they met them head-on and did a fantastic job. We are all indebted to you for your service to the organization. Thank you and congratulations on a job well done.

For all those that attended, please be on the lookout for a post-event survey where you will be able to share your thoughts about what worked and what didn’t at this year’s event. We are committed to making the Buddy Walk an inclusive and enjoyable event for all and welcome your feedback. In the meantime, if there is something that you would like to address with me directly, please feel free to email me at john.ducat@dsaatl.org.

Thank you again for your continued support of the DSAA. I look forward to seeing everyone again at the Buddy Walk in 2019!

John Ducat

DSAA Board President

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Happenings in October - Down Syndrome Awareness Month

October is Down Syndrome Awareness month and there are plenty of opportunities to raise awareness, support your local Down syndrome organizations, advocate and learn!

It all begins with the 21st annual Buddy Walk Atlanta on Sunday, October 6 at Atlantic Station! If you haven't registered, we encourage you to do so in advance and if you cannot attend this year, please consider making a donation. Get all your Buddy Walk information here21st Annual Buddy Walk

On Wednesday, October 10, join the National Down Syndrome Congress at GiGi's Playhouse Atlanta to learn more about how to save money and protect your child's financial future with Georgia STABLE.

On Thursday, October 11, attend the Georgia Council on Developmental Disability's Candidate Forum on Disability Issues and hear from candidates running for the offices of Secretary of State, Superintendent of Schools, and State Insurance Commissioner as they speak on issues important to the disability community. Register for GCDD Candidate Forum here.

Then on Saturday, October 27, attend the Georgia Down Syndrome Consortium's Learning Summit at KSU! The cost is $50 per person and includes the conference, materials, lunch, and parking. Register for the Learning Summit here. Sessions include:

Health & Medical Updates

Georgia Down Syndrome Consortium Learning Summit
  • Hearing and ENT Issues
  • Sleep Disturbances
  • Toilet Training & Hygiene
  • Congenital Heart Issues – short & long term considerations

Transitions & Long-term Goals

  • Long-term Financial Planning
  • Transitions for Teens & Adults – Health & Well-being
  • Employing Individuals with DS

  • Maximizing Independence – Parenting for Independent Living

Resources, Programs & Ongoing Support

  • Community Supports, Waivers & Public Systems
  • Family Support & Benefits; Georgia Trust
  • Programs & Resources for Spanish Speaking Families
  • Sibling Panel – Ongoing Support Systems

Technology & More

  • Tools For Life
  • Lekotek
  • Inclusive Congregations
  • Sports & Recreation

Update on Down syndrome Research

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Disability Considerations for Disaster Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month and given the weather situation, it is a good time to remind ourselves to think ahead and prepare now.

National Preparedness Month is a good time to learn lifesaving skills such as CPR and first aid; check your insurance policies and coverage for flood, earthquakes, and tornados; replenish or stock go bags and other emergency supplies; create or review your disaster plans. When disaster strikes, it is important you have planned what steps to take and reviewed them with your family.

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Buddy Walk Updates

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Become a Sponsor or Supporter for Our 21st Buddy Walk

We would like to invite your company to be a part of the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta’s (DSAA) 21st Annual Buddy Walk®, a celebration of the abilities and accomplishments of individuals with Down syndrome.


The Buddy Walk® (BW) was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. The Buddy Walk is a day filled with fun family activities and it gives the families time to meet other families in similar situations. It is also a day to celebrate the accomplishments and abilities of individuals with Down Syndrome in our community.



Funds raised from past Buddy Walks have been used to fund a number of DSAA programs, including assistance to new parents; educational seminars; social events; monthly networking groups for moms and dads; and education materials and resources to the community. Last year, DSSA was a founding member of the Ga Down Syndrome Consortium which includes: Gigi’s Playhouse, Emory Down Syndrome Clinic, The Adult Disability Home and The National Down Syndrome Congress. This consortium will help us to serve the community in a more unified way. In the long run this will benefit the individuals that we serve in the most positive way.


Being a Buddy Walk sponsor is a great opportunity for your company to get recognition for supporting a worthy cause!


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