The leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome.

National Down Syndrome Society
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New York New York 10017
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NDSS Buddy Walk® in New York City

The 23nd Annual Buddy Walk® in New York City will take place on Saturday, September 16, 2017  to honor and celebrate individuals with Down syndrome in our communities. This event raises awareness and funds for programs that benefit people with Down syndrome and their families. 

The NDSS Buddy Walk® will again kick off in Times Square where people from all over the world gather to watch the annual NDSS Times Square Video. There is no way to describe the magical feeling in Times Square, but this EarthCam video from the 2014 celebration provides footage from the presentation on ClearChannel Spectacolor screen that definitely captures the magnitude of the event. Please note that EarthCam records the sounds of the street whereas the NDSS Times Square Video that is featured on YouTube is set to music.  

Starting at 11:00 AM, activities of all kinds will take place at the Great Hill in Central Park, setting the scene of the 2017 Buddy Walk® in New York City. The kids’ area will be filled with carnival games, jewelry-making, face painting, and participants will enjoy food, fruit and water. The Exhibitor Marketplace will include free giveaways and fun activities sponsored by local agencies, support groups, museums and retailers. Registration will begin at 11:00 and will remain open throughout the entire day.


The Opening Ceremonies will kick off at 12:00 pm. At this ceremony, NDSS will also honor the self-advocate winner of the 2016 Dan Piper Award. The Buddy Walk® itself will start at 12:30. After a one mile, non-competitive walk into Central Park, the festivities will continue at the Great Hill, ending with the popular self-advocate led Dance Party.  Our full entertainment schedule will be available shortly.

Register for the 2017 NDSS Buddy Walk® in New York City

View select photos from the 2016 NDSS Buddy Walk® in New York City

Contact NDSS Buddy Walk® staff with questions, comments and feedback.