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Families, Respect, Inspire, Education, Networking for Down Syndrome & Special Needs is a volunteer-based, non-profit 501C3, that was founded in 2007 by parents of children with Down Syndrome.  We are governed by a Board of Directors and Advisory Board and are the leading voice for Down Syndrome in the West Florida area.  We proudly serve Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. Thank you for supporting Friends and our Down Syndrome and special needs community. 

Our Motto is "I can and I will" 


Friends believes in transparency and has been awarded a 2020 Gold Seal of Transparency by GuideStar USA, Inc.  GuideStar is an information service specializing in reporting on U.S. nonprofit companies.  F.R.I.E.N.D.S. posts our Annual Report, IRS 990, and yearly budget on our website for your inspection. FRIENDS SUPPORT, INC is the original name, F.R.I.E.N.D.S. DBA is FRIENDS DOWN SYNDROME WEST FLORIDA.  Tax EIN #651261646.