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F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

Families, Respect, Inspire, Education, Networking for Down syndrome & Special needs

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 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 TO WATCH F.R.I.E.N.D.S. VIDEO

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. has put together a video at our Easter Picnic (2019) to help us raise funds for
THE FRIENDS CENTER - A Special Needs Center that will offer all our current programs and also provide a desperately needed daycare, after-school program, and adult day program for all special needs individuals.

Please share the video.Click Here to watch 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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01 March 2020

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. DANCE & SOCIALS

Join F.R.I.E.N.D.S. for all of our Dance Parties!


DATE: Check Website Calendar and Facebook events page for dates and times as they are subject to change.

COST: A $5.00 DONATION IS WELCOME TO HELP COVER THE COST OF SUPPLIES & REFRESHMENTS, THANK YOU.

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VOLUNTEER - Thank you for your interest in volunteering for F.R.I.E.N.D.S. 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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F.R.I.E.N.D.S. VIDEOS

Laurie E. Ohall-Meyer​ has some good advice for Hillsborough County parents who have special needs children who are about to turn 18yrs old and are thinking about obtaining a Guardianship or Special Needs Trust. Thank you so much Laurie. 




Thank you FRIENDS Volunteers.



Friends 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!



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