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Statewide Buddy Walk Program

Promoting Acceptance and Inclusion  

Buddy Walk

The MDSC Buddy Walk® Program gives individuals, schools, community groups, and local businesses across the state an opportunity to get involved in fundraising campaigns and events year-round, all intended to promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. 

The statewide campaign is anchored by our signature Buddy Walk & Family Festival. It also includes major and minor events throughout Massachusetts, such as Buddy Walk by the Sea on Cape Cod, the Buddy Walk & Harvest Fair in Central Massachusetts, a number of school fundraisers, Buddy Bucks Store campaigns, and other fundraisers endorsed by the MDSC.

This year's theme, "The World Is Ours," represents the culture of the disability world today. "The World Is Ours" means that people with Down syndrome are taking ownership over all aspects of their lives - education, health care, employment, public policy, housing, and recreation. It has special meaning this year as three major pieces of legislation affecting people with Down syndrome and other disabilities were recently approved by the state. These include the National Background Check Bill, the Real Lives Bill, and the ABLE Act. MDSC has been championing these bills for years and it was a major victory to see them signed this past year.

We are fortunate to live in a time of expanding opportunities for people of all abilities - opportunities that give hope and inspiration to individuals with Down syndrome and their families and friends. Communities and schools continue to become more inclusive, workplaces are better understanding the need to hire people with different ranges of abilities, and people with disabilities are seeking out more ways to leave their mark on the world.

History: 

The Buddy Walk is an advocacy initiative launched in 1995 by The National Down Syndrome Society. It serves as a vehicle to generate significant awareness and understanding of Down syndrome nationally, while simultaneously raising critical funds to support local programs and services offered by The MDSC. As a proud affiliate of The NDSS, a portion of all proceeds from Buddy Walk campaigns go to support national advocacy initiatives aimed at improving the quality of life of individuals with Down syndrome. 

If you're interested getting involved in the Buddy Walk program, please email us at buddywalk@mdsc.org or click on one of the events below for more information.

Buddy Walk & Harvest Fair (Sunday, September, 20, 2015)

Buddy Walk by the Sea (July 26, Falmouth)

Buddy Walk by the Sea

Buddy Walk & Family Festival (October 11, Wakefield)

Buddy Walk Family Picnic