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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

FDSWF POOL PARTY
Saturday, July 20, 2019, 04:00pm - 07:00pm
Join us as we will celebrate the value, acceptance, and inclusion of people with Down syndrome at our annual pool party.
 
WHERE: The Seminole Recreation Center - 9100 113th St N, Seminole, FL 33772
 
WHEN: Saturday, July 20th, 4pm-7pm.
 
COST: Free for all ages!
 
Free sandwiches, chips, cookies, soda, water, and juice will be provided for you and the family. We'll be bringing a few watermelons too!
 
There is covered area with tables. Don’t forget to bring your sunscreen. The little ones can enjoy the water pad area and the playground.
 
Meet your favorite Superhero, Princess, and the fun guys from Ghostbusters. Julie Hirsch Photography will be catching all the fun with her awesome photos!
 
VOLUNTEERS - Meet us at 3:30, bring your swimsuits and sunscreen. Don't forget your volunteer hours sheet for us to sign. Thanks for all your help!
 
See you soon! Questions, call Liz Johnson (727)463-1707