Report of the Task Force on Maryland’s ABLE Program

On December 19, 2014, the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act was signed into law. This federal law will give many people who acquired disabilities prior to the age of 26 the ability to open tax-exempt bank accounts wit​​​hout losing eligibility for federal means-tested benefits. Funds in these accounts can be used for disability-related


BORN THIS WAY to air on A&E Tues 12/8 at 10pm

BORN THIS WAY Seven young adults with Down syndrome meet at a local recreation center and realize they have more in common than expected. Cameras follow this dynamic group of friends as they pursue their passions and lifelong dreams, explore friendships, romantic relationships and work, all while defying society’s expectations. Click here to go to


FRIENDS Awarded Grant

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. was presented a check from the Fraternal Order of Eagles for a $5000 grant to be used for education support and technology for our members with Down syndrome in grades K-12.



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P.O. Box 641
Middletown, MD 21769

Welcome Friends!

F.R.I.E.N.D.S., or Family Resource, Information & Education Network for Down Syndrome is a 501(c)(3) non-profit group of parents re-formed in 1999 in Frederick County, Maryland to:

  • Be a support and resource group for expectant parents, new parents and extended families of babies born with Down Syndrome;
  • Provide age-appropriate activities for our children and their friends;
  • Advocate for community awareness and acceptance;
  • Have quarterly meetings with professional speakers experienced in issues relative to Down Syndrome;
  • Meet informally to share the joys and challenges of parenting.

* Monthly meetings are held on the second Friday of every month at 7:00pm at the Middletown United Methodist Church (MUMC) off Alt. 40 going west out of Frederick.  For a map click here.  Please come and join us.


Click here to view the brochure and find out what we’re all about!


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For more information about upcoming Techniques for Success seminars, please email or  Click here to go to the 2015 Techniques for Success page.


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SAVE THE DATESeptember 17, 2016 for our 15th Annual Buddy Walk!!!

***We would like to thank everyone that came out and supported our 14th Annual Buddy Walk last year.  We had over 900 participants and raised over $40,000 for Down Syndrome!!***


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For the latest edition of the FRIENDS Newsletter, please click, Coming soon….


Affiliated with the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) and
the National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC).

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