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F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
Families Raising, Inspiring, Educating and Networking for Down Syndrome.

Expectant Parents

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. is here to assist Learning that your unborn baby has Down syndrome can be very difficult to hear. This unexpected news may generate a wide range of emotions and unanswered questions.

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New Parents

CLICK READ MORE FOR PARENT PACKS The parent packets are delivered to the Labor & Delivery, NICU, and to the hospitals Social Workers to ensure they are available to you.

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For Physicians

Learning the Diagnosis This is extremely difficult for parents and should be handled delicately. Physician’s please watch the attached film

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Latest Inspiring Stories & More

14 April 2019

Click on the picture above to watch our FRIENDS commercial.

FRIENDS Down Syndrome West Florida has put together a video at our Easter Picnic.  FDSWF is raising funds to open THE FRIENDS CENTER - A Down syndrome center that will offer all our current programming and provide a desperately needed daycare, after-school program, and adult day program for all special needs individuals.. Thanks to everyone who participated, we had a lot of fun taping it. Please share the video.

11 March 2019

Read our Letter from DEO

Congratulations on your recognition as a Florida Unique Abilities Partner. We are excited you have become our partner in providing career and financial opportunities to individuals with unique abilities.

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05 January 2019

How to Approach My Brother With Down Syndrome

I’ve grown up with my brother, Michael, who has Down syndrome my whole life. It’s always been natural for me to approach another individual with disabilities without hesitation. However, I’ve noticed that even some of my closest friends struggle with approaching Michael, so I thought I’d write about ways to make it easier.

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Signup For Our Volunteer Programs

VOLUNTEER - Thank you for your interest in volunteering for FRIENDS - Down Syndrome West Florida. We are always in need of great volunteers who are hard-working, organized and who love interacting with our families. As a volunteer, you are essential and play an important role in making our events so special for our families. 

*Approved by Hillsborough County to offer volunteer hours to students working for Bright Futures scholarships.

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FRIENDS Down Syndrome West Florida Video

FRIENDS Down Syndrome West Florida has put together a video for the Ellen DeGeneres & Cheerios One Million Acts of Good promotion. We are raising funds to open THE FRIENDS CENTER - A special needs daycare. Thanks to everyone who participated, we had a lot of fun taping it. Please share the video. Thanks so much! Wish us luck!

Events Calendar

FAMILY CAFE CONFERENCE
From Friday, June 07, 2019 -  08:00am
To Sunday, June 09, 2019 - 05:00pm
Contact www.familycafe.com
The Family Cafe invites you to attend Florida's premier event for people with disabilities, The Annual Family Cafe!

The Annual Family Cafe is the nation's largest cross-disability event. Last year's 20th Anniversary Family Cafe attracted some 11,480 participants.

Since 1998, The Annual Family Cafe has brought together thousands of individuals with disabilities and their family members for three days of information, training and networking each June. With a great range of individual breakout sessions, a packed Exhibit Hall with dozens of vendors, and a series of special events including Keynote speakers and The Governors’ Summit on Disabilities, The Annual Family Café offers families exposure to a wide range of public and private resources, opportunities to find support by networking with other families, and unprecedented access to policy-making officials.

The Family Cafe remains committed to connecting attendees with information and resources at minimal cost, so there is no registration fee for individuals with disabilities and their family members.

The Family Cafe also offers limited financial assistance to provide for the cost of hotel accommodations on-site at The Annual Family Cafe. Attendees can request assistance as part of the registration process.

FDSWF will have a table in the Exhibitors Hall, come by and say hello.  We will be passing out information about Down Syndrome, Down Syndrome groups in Florida, and information about FDSWF, THE FRIENDS CENTER, and our upcoming Buddy Run & Walk.
Location Hyatt Regency Orlando 9801 International Dr, Orlando, Florida 32819
REGISTRATION IS FREE!