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2017 Buddy Walk Conference

Register now for the 2017 Buddy Walk® Conference!

The 2017 Buddy Walk® Conference will take place on Thursday, February 23 and will be held in conjunction with the Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action Conference (Februrary 24-27) in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The Buddy Walk® Conference will bring together Walk organizers from across the country to share ideas and best practices at this exclusive one-day meeting.

Whether this is your first year organizing a Walk or you are a seasoned veteran, there is something for you!  Can't make it to Cinci? Register as a Virtual Attendee and receive all the presentations after the conference.

We are very excited about the sessions being offered at our 9th annual conference.  Below is an example of sessions being offered:

Team Dylan Fundraiser Festivities

Team Dylan was created to support our grandson Dylan, who was diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth.   Last year, Team Dylan had nearly 80 team members and raised over $30,000 for the Cincinnati Buddy Walk®.   Part of our success is due to the separate fundraising event we created called “The Team Dylan Fundraiser Festivities”; a day we host that raises money through raffles, auctions, door prizes, food, drinks, and games.  In 2016, over $4,000 was raised for Team Dylan through these festivities.  We, Dylan’s family, look forward to sharing our tips to having a successful family team and how to incorporate third party fundraising events into your Buddy Walk®.


About the DSAIA Conference - And Special Discounts

The Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action Conference is focused on improving the way Down syndrome organizations deliver programs/services and operate as a nonprofit. The conference also helps deepen the connection the many DS leaders have within the community while allowing them to learn and network with the best in our community.

DSAIA 2017 is designed for new AND veteran leaders from established or growing Down syndrome-focused organizations across the country and the globe.

Not a member of DSAIA?  You can register for a 1 day pass for the DSAIA Conference for $250 or attend their entire event at a special discounted rate.  Click here to learn more!  Registration for the Buddy Walk® Conference is $50.


Important Links and Information

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Westin Cincinnati for $125/night. You can reserve your room online or by calling 513-621-7700.  The room block is under the “Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action” (group code “DSAIA”.)  The deadline to reserve a room is February 2, 2017.

For more information about these events or the National Down Syndrome Society, please visit our webpage.

Learn More About the 2017 Buddy Walk® Conference

Register For the 2017 Buddy Walk® Conference

Stay tuned for more information on other sessions that will be covered at the 2017 Buddy Walk® Conference.  We look forward to seeing many of you there!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. 



Rebecca Switalski
Director, National Buddy Walk Program
National Down Syndrome Society

Earlier Event: February 16
Record Keeping Workshop
Later Event: February 23
Disability Rights Awareness Day