What is the Buddy Walk?
The Buddy Walk has become the premier advocacy event for Down syndrome in the United States. It is also the world’s most widely recognized public awareness program for the Down syndrome community.
The Buddy Walk program was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome and to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October. The name Buddy Walk promotes inclusion between friends of every ability. The National Buddy Walk Program has grown from 17 Walks in 1995 to over 250 this year! This global event now has over 295,000 participants raising more than $12.1 million last year.