Friday, September 5, 2014


Down Syndrome Indiana Encourages Participants to Take Strides towards Acceptance and Inclusion for People with Down syndrome.

By Guest Blogger: Jessica Hadsell, DSI Event Coordinator

Indianapolis, IN - The 17th Annual Buddy Walk® in Indianapolis will take place in Celebration Plaza of White River State Park on Saturday, October 11th.  More than 5,000 people are expected to attend the event, which is one of over 250 Walks across the country this fall to raise awareness and funds for programs that benefit people with Down syndrome and their families.


The National Buddy Walk® Program is supported by Emmy-Award Winning Imagination Movers, who lend their talent by appearing in the new national public service announcement. "Buddy Walks are fantastic events where smiles are shared, hugs are free, games are played and most importantly - footsteps are heard as we all walk together to support people with Down syndrome," said Imagination Mover Scott Durbin.


The National Buddy Walk® Program welcomes participants of all ages and abilities. The goals of the program are to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome and to positively influence local and national policy and practice. Last year alone, Buddy Walk® events raised more than $12.1 million to benefit national advocacy initiatives, as well as local programs and services. All funds raised through the National Buddy Walk® Program support both local and national programs.


The Buddy Walk® in Indianapolis will feature many family-friendly festivities in the park beginning at 9:00am; the walk begins at noon. Participants will enjoy music and interactive entertainment featuring the talents of local families, delicious food, an Information Expo sponsored by WestPoint Financial Group, and enough inspiration to last the entire year! To learn more, visit or contact Down Syndrome Indiana at (317)925-7617.


About Down Syndrome Indiana

Down Syndrome Indiana is a not-for-profit organization serving the needs of individuals with Down syndrome and their families. Dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with Down syndrome, their mission is to serve as a conduit of information, support and advocacy for individuals with Down syndrome and their families, which promotes growth and inclusion in the community. The programs and services provided by Down Syndrome Indiana are supported by individual and corporate donations combined with annual fund raisers and special events.


About NDSS

The National Down Syndrome Society is a nonprofit organization representing the more than 400,000 Americans with Down syndrome. The mission of NDSS is to be the national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. The National Down Syndrome Society envisions a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations, and become valued members of welcoming community.  To learn more about NDSS, visit



To learn more about the Buddy Walk® in Indianapolis, please contact:

Jessica Hadsell, Event Coordinator  

708 E. Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Office: (317) 925-7617

Fax: (317) 925-7619