2013 Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome
Please Join us Saturday, October 26th for the 2013 MADSS Buddy Walk!
8:30am - 11:30am | Monona Terrace - 1 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI
When you register, you'll see we you can register for a shirt or choose not to receive an Official Walk T-shirt. This is because we know many of you would like to create custom Team Shirts and we've provided a link below to a site where you can design your shirt and have the official 2013 MADSS Buddy Walk logo
Here you can personalize your shirt with your name, the name of a loved one, a team name, personal photos, and more. Buying customized merchandise is not only an exciting way for you to participate in the event, but it also helps the Madison Area Down Syndrome Society, including new parent out reach, GiGi's Playhouse and the Wisconsin Down Syndrome Advocacy Coalition.
8:30pm: Doors Open / Day of Registration
8:30am-11:30am: Bounce House, Art Gallery, Face Painting, Live Band - The Pool Boys, Silent Auction, Bucky Badger!
9:15am: Photo of kids at front of stage
10am - 10:30am: Walk
10am - 11am: Bucky Badger Expected
11:00am: Silent Auction Closes
11:30am: Walk Closes
We appreciate The Pool Boys donating their time for Buddy Walk 2013!
Check them out at www.thepoolboys.org
Click here to visit the MADSS Website.
Letter to Our Advocates and Supporters
For over a decade we have used these walks to come together as a movement and to reduce, little by little, our community’s ignorance about Down syndrome. This year is no different. But, this year the challenges we face has never been clearer. Here are just a few of those challenges:
* Only 22% of school-aged children with developmental disabilities are reading at a proficient level, and only 14.2% are proficient in math.
* Only 20% of adults with developmental disabilities in Wisconsin achieve meaningful community based employment, compared to 80% in other states?
* Critical and necessary therapies are becoming harder and harder to access and afford for many families, while at the same time as these services are being squeezed out of county and state budgets.
So, what are we going to do about this? The fact is that the board, volunteers, and staff of the Madison Area Down Syndrome Society cannot act on these challenges without you. It all starts with you. You mean a lot to our movement.
Your support means that we can have our very own GiGi’s Playhouse Education and Awareness Center. With this center we can finally begin to offer the programs and services that will directly do something about the three challenges I mentioned above.
It means the continued growth of the Wisconsin Down Syndrome Advocacy Coalition, a MADSS led public policy center, governed in coalition with the Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Upside Down. Success in closing the gaps in employment, services and supports, and education depend our movement being organized and heard.
It means we can maintain many other critical services:
* Outreach to hospitals and being there when new parents need us the most.
* Parent and our social groups vibrant, and continue to plant new group throughout the region.
* Newsletters, workshops and emergency grants to families.
2013 has been good and 2014 will be better.
I look forward to seeing you on Saturday, October 26th.
P.S. – If you’d like to learn more about South Central Wisconsin’s GiGi’s Playhouse please check out http://www.crowdrise.com/gigisplayhouse. Part of the proceeds from this year’s Buddy Walk will be used to operate this center.