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A 501(c)(3) public charity, Non-Profit that has been a staple of the Tampa Bay area since 2007. FRIENDS is managed by volunteers who love and care for our Down syndrome & Special needs community.
F.R.I.E.N.D.S. anagram stands for: Families, Respect, Inspire, Education, Networking,
Down syndrome Special needs.
- To provide vital Special Needs information, education, and resources to expectant and new families.
- To offer essential support, understanding, and advice to those with disabilities and their families.
- To provide fun activities in a safe and accepting atmosphere where our families and individuals can connect with each other.
GOLDSTAR PLATIUM SEAL OF TRANSPARENCY
F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Down Syndrome, Special Needs - West FLorida is proud to announce it has received the 2022 GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency for the third year.
GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations and the platinum rating is GuideStar’s highest level of recognition. In previous years, GuideStar has recognized F.R.I.E.N.D.S. with the silver, gold and most recently, with the platinum rating.
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Learning your pre or postpartum baby has Down syndrome and/or other special needs can be very difficult to hear. This unexpected news may generate a wide range of emotions and unanswered questions. F.R.I.E.N.D.S. can provide the emotional support and guidance you may need while answering any questions that you may have. Call anytime (813)245-2782.
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Learning that your unborn baby has Down syndrome can be very difficult to hear. This unexpected news may generate a wide range of emotions and questions.
Click title above for for a Printable PDF. Down syndrome is a genetic disorder caused when abnormal cell division results in extra genetic material from the 21st chromosome. Down syndrome causes a distinct facial appearance, developmental delays, and can cause disorders of the thyroid, heart, and GI system. Medical specialist will need to conduct additional screenings. Early Intervention programs with Speech, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy are very helpful. Special educators who treat each child's specific situation are helpful in managing Down syndrome.
Learning the diagnosis is extremely difficult for parents and should be handled delicately. Physician’s we urge you to watch the attached film as it will give you valuable insights on how to deliver the news.
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VOLUNTEER - Thank you for your interest in volunteering for F.R.I.E.N.D.S. We are always in need of great volunteers who are hard-working, organized and who love interacting with our families. Please fill out our Volunteer Application and we will get back to you ASAP.
F.R.I.E.N.D.S. membership is free! To receive all benefits of membership you must live within Hillsborough, Pinellas, & Pasco Counties. Membership includes free access to F.R.I.E.N.D.S. year-round programs, events, and scholarships.