2014 Techniques for Success (TFS) Conference

The Techniques for Success (TFS) conference, co-sponsored by the Down Syndrome Network of Montgomery County (DSNMC) and F.R.I.E.N.D.S. of Frederick, provides practical tips and strategies for educating students with Down syndrome and those with other special needs. The 2014 TFS for Parents conference will be held in the evening on Friday, October 24, 2014, from 5:30 – 9:30 pm.  TFS


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State of the Art Conference Scholarship funds available

Scholarships are now available for registrations for the upcoming State of the Art conference on Post Secondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. Priority is given to family members (self-advocates are free) and I encourage anyone interested to apply quickly while funds are still available. - Heather Sacks Click here for flyer. Click here for application.  


 ***No FRIENDS meeting Oct. 10th.  Get-together at Gavers Farm Oct. 19th in lieu of meeting.***See EVENTS page***

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 TFS@friendsoffredco.org.


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.






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Or if you would like to make a donation, all checks should be payable to F.R.I.E.N.D.S. and mailed to:

P.O. Box 641
Middletown, MD.  21769


Save the date – September 20, 2014 for our 13th Annual Buddy Walk!!! More information to follow.


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

Click on the following links to download the Frederick County Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee (SECAC) Membership Flyer, SECAC_Membership_Flyer (*.doc) or SECAC_Membership_Flyer (PDF).


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the National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC).

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