Buddy Walk



Get ready for the 20th Annual Buddy Walk!! 

Sunday, October 8, 2017, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm at our new location Georgia International Plaza at the Georgia World Congress Center

We look forward to seeing our members, sponsors, volunteers and community partners again this year!


Registration is now Open!

You can register as a team or as an individual. Find out more at https://www.ds-stride.org/atlantabuddywalk

Registration includes a T-shirt, lunch, drinks, snacks, and access to games and activities. 

 Festivities beginning at one pm amid the scenic downtown skyline. (Registration opens at noon.)

This family-friendly event is open to all children and adults with Down syndrome, their families, friends, and thousands of local supporters. Mark your calendar and be prepared to have a great experience!  The day is filled with great performances, and fun activities and the happiest 1/4 mile walk you will take this year!

If you’d like to volunteer, please email us at info@dsaatl.org

For information on sponsorship levels and benefits click here or to become a sponsor or vendor (thank you in advance!) click here.

DSAA has created Buddy Bucks to help your team meet their goal this year!  These fun colorful donation cards come in $1 or $5 denominations.  Donors fill out their name and honoree then hang them publicly for Down syndrome awareness.  Click here for more information or here for the Buddy Bucks template.

We also have the Buddy Walk Atlanta School Challenge, where we are asking each School/National Honors Society/Key Club to get their whole school involved by forming a Buddy Walk team.  (OR – have them virtually join your BW team and let them work for you!!) Download the forms here!

Know an individual with Down syndrome over the age of 16 whom:

  • Excels in at least one area of talent and personal interest
  • Demonstrates leadership qualities among his/her peers
  • Volunteers time to enhance the lives of others
  • Has made an important contribution to the community
  • Serves as role model for other individuals with Down syndrome?

Nominate them for Buddy of the Year!  Click here to download the form.  



Why Walk?

Buddy Walk® was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) as an event to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. This event is officially licensed by the National Down Syndrome Society to support groups and organizations across the country to positively influence on a local level the awareness of the Down syndrome community. Walks usually occur in October in observance of Down Syndrome Awareness Month.

Nationally, Buddy Walk® is the most widely recognized public awareness program for the Down syndrome community. Locally, it is currently the largest fundraising event for the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta, with this year’s goal set at $200,000 for corporate and team sponsorships.

The Buddy Walk® has three primary goals: to promote acceptance & inclusion of people with Down syndrome; to raise funds locally and nationally for education, research and advocacy programs; and to enhance the position of the Down syndrome community, enabling us to positively influence local policy and practice.

Last year’s Buddy Walk Atlanta was a record-breaking success! We hosted the most teams in the event’s history with more than 3000 participants raising nearly $200,000 to support the mission of DSAA.  We are especially grateful for the support of all donors, sponsors, team captains, walkers and volunteers at this marvelous event – it would not have been possible without you.  Thank you!


Thanks to everyone who came out to support us for 2016 our Buddy Walk®!  We appreciate the donations of your time, talent, and both in-kind and monetary contributions!  Sincerest thanks to our Platinum sponsors!

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Want photos from past events?  Get them for FREE by visiting: http://www.dsaaphotos.org/-/dsaaphotos/. Comment on the photo you’d like, and you will receive an email with the photo to download. Sincere thanks to our wonderful photographer Nina Shields and her team that supports us each year!