What Does the Coastal Alabama Down Syndrome Buddy Walk® Fund?

Since it was established in 1981, Coastal Alabama Down Syndrome Society has been an organization made up of individuals with Down syndrome, parents, friends, educators, and professionals all working together to ensure that all individuals with Down Syndrome have every opportunity to achieve their full individual potential. Our Annual Buddy Walk® is our only fundraiser.

93% of every dollar raised by Coastal Alabama Down Syndrome Buddy Walk® teams stays in Mobile County.

7% of every dollar raised by Coastal Alabama Down Syndrome Buddy Walk® teams is sent to NDSS for national advocacy and support.

 

Expectant/New Parent Support:

  • Newborn hospital and home visits
  • New Parent Basket with valuable resources and information about the journey with Down syndrome

Support/Activities:

  • “Down Right Cuties” support group for ages 0-5
  • “3-2-1” support group for ages 6-14
  • “Icebreakers” support group for ages 15 and up
  • Social activities/interaction include playdates, movie dates, bowling parties, art classes, ballet/theatre shows, concerts and more.

Awareness:

  • CADSS website
  • CADSS Facebook group
  • CADSS newsletter
  • CADSS Buddy Walk® during Down Syndrome Awareness month every October

Social Events:

  • Mobile Challenged Revelers Mardi Gras parade
  • Summer Pool party at Isle of Dauphine, Dauphin Island
  • Fishing Rodeo with Conde Cavaliers, Dauphin Island
  • Christmas Party with food, games and a visit from Santa with a gift for every member and each sibling under 12 years old.

Education/Therapy:

  • Membership meetings with guest speakers to address areas of concern (education, healthcare, legal concerns, job placement)
  • Regional and national conferences for individuals with Down syndrome
  • Books, brochures and other materials for new parents
  • Purchase of 5 toddler adaptive treadmills for physical therapy
  • Purchase of 2 AmTryke adaptive tricycles for physical therapy

Advocacy:

  • Members attend local, state, and national meetings to ensure the value, acceptance, and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. Many issues we address are related to education, healthcare, research, employment, and transition.  We want our voices to be heard, engaging local, state, and federal government agencies on critical issues and legislation facing the Down syndrome community.