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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

SUMMER BEACH MEETUP
Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Join us for our FDSWT Summer Beach Meetups. All ages and special needs are welcome.

Monday June 3rd
Tuesday June 11th
Wednesday June 19th
Thursday June 27th
Friday July 12th
Saturday July 27th

TIME: 10:00-12:00+
PLACE:Honeymoon Island State Park-1 Causeway Blvd,Dunedin,FL
CONTACT: Melissa Miner 727-412-4788

“Honeymoon Island State Park is a Florida State Park located on Honeymoon Island, a barrier island across St. Joseph's Sound from Palm Harbor, Ozona, and Crystal Beach. The park is 385 acres (1.6 km2) in land area with 2,400 acres (10 km2) submerged and 4 miles (6 km) of beach. It lies at the western end of Causeway Boulevard, which becomes Curlew Road east of Alternate US 19. Its address is 1 Causeway Blvd. Consistently receiving more than one million visitors each year, it is the most-visited state park in Florida.”