Community Groups

Baby Friends

The BABY FRIENDS playgroup 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 often include a guest speaker on topics of interest to the group. There is also time to socialize and enjoy being with each other’s children. Please come and share your ideas, support and parenting ideas with others. This groups are led by Kathy Boisseau, Dana Reinhart, and Kelly Taylor with meeting in Brandon and Largo FL.


Dream Tweens

Dream Tweens group is comprised of children between the ages of 6 and 12. 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

Pinellas – Sylvia Costa (954)650-7691

Pasco – Susan Keene..(630)914-4114


Tampa Bay Teens

TAMPA BAY TEENS Group is for fun outings that are planned for those ages 13 – 17 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 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.


B.E.S.T. F.R.I.E.N.D.S. DADS (BACK END SUPPORT TEAM FATHER’S RAISING INSPIRING EDUCATING NETWORKING for DOWN SYNDROME)

Calling all FDSWF dads, uncles, and grandfathers who have a loved one with Down Syndrome!

Join Craig Sr. & Craig Jr. and spend time with your loved one playing, doing arts and crafts, or getting together at the aquarium or at a ball game.

As father’s, your sometimes considered the Back-End Support Team and usually the wives or significant others are in the forefront. This group will focus on you and your loved one, giving you an opportunity to spend some one on one time with them! For more info check our website calendar, www.friendssupport.org or contact Craig Woodard, Sr. at c34wood@yahoo.com. Or call (814)882-9191.


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!

The Taekwondo Tenets taught to their students:
• Courtesy • Integrity • Perseverance • Self Control •Indomitable Spirit
Traditional Taekwondo Center has been in Tampa since 1997. They offer an afternoon Little Tiger program for ages 4-6yrs, Evening programs for adults and children and Kimoodo (Korean Tai Chi) classes.

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 of 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


Buddy Up Tennis


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 at the Rotary’s Camp Florida- 1915 Camp FL Rd Brandon FL 33509.

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. Take a relaxing canoe ride on the beautiful Lake Gornto.  Let the kids loose on the awesome playground.  Shoot some hoops, test your skills on the obstacle course, scream with delight on the giant slide and much, much, more.

The MUCH Foundation will be providing the AMAZING Superhero’s and Princess’s.  The fun guys from Ghostbusters will be showing off the great car 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 Temple Terrace 4th of July Parade! We advocate for our Down Syndrome Community when we join other groups. Shouting out to the world that we have a place along everyone else, that we belong too!


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.

Lunch is provided with FREE hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, fruit, soda, & water. Enjoy cotton candy, popcorn and a snow cone! Bring your bathing suit and enjoy the pool. Take a relaxing canoe ride on the beautiful Lake Gornto. Let the kids loose on the awesome playground. Enjoy the giant slides, shoot some hoops, and test your skills on the obstacle course.

The MUCH Foundation will be providing the AMAZING Superhero’s and Princess’s. The fun guys from Ghostbusters will be showing off the great car 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!


October Buddy Walk


FDSWF Halloween Party

Come joins Friends Down Syndrome West Florida for a spooky fun night of dancing at our Halloween Dance party! October 21st, from 5-8pm.

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. The Much Foundation will delight us all with their Superheroes and Princesses.

Questions? Please call or text Liz Johnson 727-463-1707. We are so excited to host our first Pinellas event but all FDSWF members are invited. BOO to YOU!! See you soon!!

HAMPTON INN & SUITES – 100 EAST BAY DRIVE, LARGO FL 33770


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.

Join us in fun as we celebrate Christmas. We will keep the children in the float and adults can walk along side and pass out candy.

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!

You will receive a free FDSWF Christmas T-shirt and Santa hat.  Send your name and t-shirt size to info@friendssupport.org.  We will be meeting at  Jazmyne Torres home at 4pm to decorate the float.  For further info call Jazmyne Torres at (727)902-3110 or Ann Foyt (813)245-2782

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Come celebrate the holiday season with FDSWF, December 16th, 6pm at the Rotary’s Camp Florida. FDSWF will provide a dinner catered by “Little Italy’s Family” Restaurant & Catering! Enjoy Baked Ziti, Baked Chicken Parmigiana over pasta, and Meatballs! Served with tea, water, soda, and hot cocoa with marshmallows.

Bring a tray of 24 cookies and participate in our annual Cookie Swap!

Santa and Princess Anna will be on hand to meet and greet you in Santa’s Workshop. Julie Hirsch Photography will be taking your free holiday family pictures.

Put on your dancing shoes, Chuck Eckhart our wonderful DJ will be spinning the tunes, in the Assembly Hall. A wonderful surprise will be given to all the boys and girls at the end of the evening!

LET US KNOW THE AGE OF YOUR CHILD, THANKS!

ROTARY’S CAMP FLORIDA – 1915 CAMP FLORIDA RD. BRANDON FL. 33509