Community Groups

Baby Friends

BABY FRIENDS is geared towards parents expecting a baby with Down syndrome and parents of children that are newborn to age five. The children, siblings, and grandparents are welcome and encouraged to attend. The focus is on our newest and youngest members, getting to know one another. and sharing knowledge. Our meetings are informal and fun. With time to socialize and enjoy being with each other’s children. Please come and share your ideas, support, and parenting ideas with others. For more information contact Kathy Boisseau, Playgroup Director, (603)438-2886.


Dream Tweens

Dream Tweens group is comprised of children between the ages of 6 and 13yrs. The group’s purpose is to provide social and informational activities throughout the course of the year for both the children and their families. The children enjoy the fun activities, which are designed to enhance physical and social development. We encourage parents, grandparents, family members and friends to attend as well. Periodically, we bring speakers and educators in to discuss various topics that are helpful and keep our members up to date. For more information call Susan Warady-Keene (630)914-4114


Tampa Bay Teens

TAMPA BAY TEENS Group is for fun outings that are planned for those ages 14 – 17yrs with Down syndrome/Special Needs to meet and enjoy each other’s company while participating in a range of activities. The purpose of this group is to provide socialization within the community and opportunities for friendships to develop. Join us to make friends, develop confidence & self-esteem, practice social skills and most of all – HAVE FUN! This group needs a team leader! If you are interested, contact us at (813) 245-2782 or via email at info@friendssupport.org.


Amigos Latino

Conectando Amigos Latinos fue creado para ayudar a las familias latinas que tienen un ser querido con síndrome de Down. Por lo general se reúnen cada tercer jueves del mes para las actividades sociales e invitar a los oradores invitados para hablar de temas que afectan a nuestras familias. Damos la bienvenida a todas las familias en el área de Tampa, FL. For more information contact Belinda Romero, (813)233-6395.


Traditional Taekwon-do

Traditional Tae Kwon Do Center not only makes sure the kids have a great time learning Tae Kwon Do they introduce life lessons that will benefit students at home and school.
The program includes:
* Physical Fitness
* One-Step Taekwondo Training
* Mental Focus
* Self Control
* Self Confidence
* And a Ton of Fun!

Please send an email to taekwondotampa@gmail.com if you are interested in participating in the new program or if you wish to have information on the school in general. Contact Belinda Romero, VP of Spanish Outreach for FDSWF and Program Director of Traditional Taekwon-Do Center at (813)988-3349.   Located at 9250 N. 56th St, Temple Terrace FL 33510


Dancing for Donations

Our purpose is to offer an all-inclusive dance environment for kids and adults, while supporting the community through donations instead of charging for the dance classes. Dancing for donations has openings for new dancers! Free classes in exchange for donations to charitable organizations. Classes are held at We Rock the Spectrum – 1076 E Brandon Blvd #102, Brandon, FL 33511.  For more information see their Dancing for Donations Facebook page or contact: Sara Battaglia (941)716-3647

March Down Syndrome Day Picnic


In celebration of World Down Syndrome Day, F.R.I.E.N.D.S. DOWN SYNDROME WEST FLORIDA will celebrate the value, acceptance, and inclusion of people with Down syndrome at our annual picnic.

A Free lunch of hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, fruit, soda, & water will be provided. Enjoy cotton candy, popcorn and snow cones. The pool is open! Don’t forget to bring your sunscreen.

Meet your favorite Superheroes and Princesses, while the fun guys from Ghostbusters show off their cool Ecto car. Darth Vader and the Star Wars 501st Legion will show you the ways of the force. Julie Hirsch Photography will be catching all the fun with her awesome photos!

FDSWF participates in the Brandon 4th of July Parada to advocate for our Down Syndrome Community. A big Thank you to Livingstone Academy who sponsored the float this year!


June Down Syndrome Picnic

In honor of Down Syndrome Awareness F.R.I.E.N.D.S. DOWN SYNDROME WEST FLORIDA will celebrate the value, acceptance, and inclusion of people with Down syndrome at our annual picnic at the Seminole Recreational Center in Pinellas.

Lunch is provided with FREE subs, chips, fruit, soda, and water. Bring your bathing suit and enjoy the pool. Let the kids loose on the awesome playground or let the little ones enjoy the water pad. Meet your favorite Superheroes and Princesses. The fun guys from Ghostbusters will be showing off the great car. Julie Hirsch Photography will be catching all the fun with her awesome photos!


FDSWF Halloween Party

Come joins Friends Down Syndrome West Florida for a spooky fun night of dancing at our Halloween Dance party! FDSWF will be providing pizza, soda/juice, cookies, and lots and lots of CANDY!!! Enter the FDSWF Halloween costume contest and win a great prize. Chuck Eckhart, our awesome DJ, will be providing the tunes.


Want to be part of the Pinellas Park Christmas Parade? Join us for a night of fun and to advocate for our Down Syndrome community. The parade steps off at 6:00 p.m. at 58th Street and proceeds eastbound on Park Boulevard to The Shoppes at Park Place. Handicapped Seating is available at Taylor Family Funeral Home located at 5300 Park Boulevard. The seating area is only accessible from 53rd Street via 70th Avenue. Featuring bands, floats, soldiers, dancers, equestrian groups and much, much more!