Affiliated with the National Down Syndrome Society, the Western North Carolina Down Syndrome Alliance is a volunteer organization made up of families, friends and supporters of persons with Down Syndrome, serving 17 WNC counties. A few of WNCDSA’s many services include: New Parent Packets for families with infants with Down Syndrome, support of Special Olympics and other organizations serving the Down Syndrome community and grants to schools for books about Down Syndrome.
On Saturday, Oct. 13, the WNCDSA will celebrate its 10th annual Buddy Walk at Carrier Park from 2-5 p.m. This is a festival-like event to raise awareness, increase visibility and create a community of “Buddies” for persons who have Down Syndrome. The community is encouraged to attend this free event. As Cynthia Reese, president of the WNCDSA, states “Our goal is to help create a community where persons with Down Syndrome are understood, supported and included.”
The WNC Parrot Head Club has “adopted” the WNCDSA to provide expertise and support, particularly in volunteering and sponsoring the annual Flip Flop Hop. The 2008 Flip Flop Hop will be held February 8 at the Orange Peel.
Info: www.wcdsa.org, firstname.lastname@example.org or 628-3138.