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26th Annual Capital Region Buddy Walk

Join us as we come together to celebrate the achievements of individuals with Down syndrome and support the importance of inclusion in our communities!

The Buddy Walk is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the achievements of people who have Down syndrome. We are encouraging everyone to join us in celebration of 26 years of this great community fundraising event to benefit the Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center at the Center for Disability Services. 


Your donations make a difference. 

Funds raised at the Buddy Walk have a direct impact on individuals with Down syndrome and their families in our communities in any stage of life. Here are just a few highlights of the accomplishments of the Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center from the past year:

  • Provided Parent education & empowerment via one on one IEP/Educational consultation, linkage and referrals to 40 families

  • Provided 25 Expectant/New Parent Packets with critical resources at area hospitals
  • Delivered 10 Welcome Baby baskets
  • Provided linkages and referrals to 28 families 
  • Assisted with 90 modified curricular units from September 2021 - April 2022 to support inclusion of students with Down syndrome in general education classes
  • Provided Professional Development & Educational Consultation on successful strategies for education of students with disabilities to 66 Education Professionals (Teachers, Administrators, and Teaching Assistants)

  • Enrichment and Empowerment seminars for Self-Advocates, including resume writing to 6 individuals, and held two sessions for self advocacy with 10-12 participants per session.

Let's Aim Higher Together!


Start or support a Buddy Walk Team! 

Thank you to our sponsors!


1st National Bank of Scotia

Highmark Blue Shield Northwestern New York




Shirley Martinez-State Farm Insurance Agent



Shady Lane Apartments



Albany ENT

Star & Strand Transportation Inc.