Best Buddies is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
These are great books to read to small children about Down syndrome or differences: Thoughtful by Dorene Williamson, My Friend Isabelle by Eliza Woloson, This Is Ella by Krista Ewert, Paint the Octopus Red by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
Borderless Arts Tennessee is a statewide organization committed to inclusive and accessible arts programs for people with disabilities to enhance educational curriculum, enrich creative expression, empower career development, and encourage community engagement.
Non-profit annual conference at sea providing educational opportunities and resources for families, while promoting awareness, acceptance, and inclusion for individuals with Down syndrome and developmental delays. Includes activities for all ages and abilities.
Buddy Up Tennis exists to serve individuals with Down syndrome with the opportunity to learn the sport of tennis and engage in fitness activities in an enjoyable and supportive environment. All children ages 5 or older and or adults with Down syndrome are welcome to participate in Buddy Up Tennis as an "Athlete," regardless of ability or prior experience.
Two-week, Christian camp in Memphis (ages 7-25) with intellectual disabilities and/or any autism spectrum disorder as part of their diagnosis. If your child thrives in smaller groups with less chaos and less noise, this program would work well for him/her. Campers in this program are ambulatory and able to tolerate outdoor activities as well.
Week-long residential outdoor education program for up to 150 children ages 7-21 who have a variety of disabilities, from East Tennessee. The program is organized, planned, and conducted by 150 University of Tennessee students as part of a course requirement.
The Center for Courageous Kids, also known as CCK, is a world class medical camp located in Scottsville, KY, serving children and families from across the country who are living with a variety of medical challenges.
Weekly creative dance classes for children with special needs who otherwise would not be able to participate in a mainstream dance class. There will be a number of assistants in each age level to ensure that each student is receiving the attention and help they may need.
Friends Life is a certified 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities by creating opportunities to develop socially, grow personally and enjoy community as they experience life together. This day program is for adults age 18 and older and fosters life long learning, opportunities for work and service, and more.