iCan Shine Bike Camp – Aug. 1-5, 2016 – Urbana HS

iCan Shine We understand that the vast majority of people with disabilities never have the experience of independently riding a conventional two-wheel bicycle during their lifetime. Research shows that over 80% of people with Autism and 90% of people with Down syndrome never experience this thrill. Defying these odds is why we exist! iCan Shine


3rd Annual Down Right Spectacular Car Show – Aug. 6

Sat, August 6, 2016 Francis Scott Key Mall, Frederick Md. (Macy’s end of mall). 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Click here to view flyer.  

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Ryan Krempa Hockey League

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. is proudly announcing a new program for all of our member families and families with any special needs. We are starting the Ryan Krempa Hockey League here in Central Maryland and will serve all counties from Carroll to Garrett in Maryland, the eastern panhandle of West Virginia and Franklin and Adams counties in Pennsylvania.



If you would like to make a donation through PAYPAL or AMAZON Smile, please click the logos above or send your donations to:

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!


Click here to go to our scholarships page.


For more information about upcoming Techniques for Success seminars, please email info@techniquesforsuccess.org or TFS@friendsoffredco.org.  Click here to go to the 2015 Techniques for Success page.


For more information about upcoming events, please email events@friendsoffredco.org.


For more information about F.R.I.E.N.D.S., please email info@friendsoffredco.org.


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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