The Great Lakes Bay Region Walking as One in support of the National Down Syndrome Society
Who We Are
The Mi Great-Buddy Walk is a registered Buddy Walk® with the National Down Syndrome Society that takes Place in the Great Lakes Bay Region of Michigan
The Buddy Walk® was developed by the National Down Syndrome Society in 1995 to celebrate Down Syndrome
Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. The Buddy
Walk® has grown from 17 walks in 1995 to nearly 300 Walks planned for 2015 worldwide. In 2014, nearly $13 million
was raised nationwide to benefit local programs and services, as well as the national advocacy and public awareness
initiatives of NDSS that benefit all individuals with Down syndrome.
The Buddy Walk® has three primary goals: ·To promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome ·To raise funds for local and national programs ·To enhance the position of the Down syndrome community, enabling us to positively influence local and national policy and practice Since its inception in 1979, NDSS has served as the national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.
The MI Great Buddy Walk® advocates for the value, acceptance, and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome in the Great Lakes Bay Region. In addition, the MI Great Buddy Walk® raises funds for local organizations and events that promote the education and well being of individuals with Down Syndrome and other disabilities.