Our Events

Buddy Walk

As part of Down Syndrome Awareness Month each October, Buddy Walk is a celebration for families who have a child with Down syndrome. Individuals and teams register and raise funds online throughout October. Then, on November 6th, we hosted a festive celebration for families, sponsors, and friends at Saluda Shoals Park Athletic Fields! 

Interested in sponsorship for next year’s event or serving on a parent advisory committee? contact Jacki Garbinsky.

Hopes & Dreams Conference

Our Hopes and Dreams Conference offers professionals, family members and self-advocates an opportunity to learn more about resources and support available to the special needs community. Families can connect with professionals, and this increased communication sets the stage for children and individuals with disabilities to reach their full potential.

Hopes and Dreams will be held Wednesday, May 3rd at R2i2 Conference Center! Check back for registration information and more details!

Speakers and Workshop Hosts: Requests for Proposals are now open!


LOOK! is an annual photography exhibit showcasing the beauty and unique abilities of the children of families we serve. 

Local photographers donate photo sessions to capture compelling images of these children in their favorite settings.

The LOOK! Exhibit speaks to our goals of inclusion, equity, and community. We hope viewers take a moment to reflect, and to see the joy and everyday moments experienced by children and youth who also happen to have a disability.

The LOOK! 2022 Exhibit was showcased in the gallery at Richland County Library in downtown Columbia from July 23rd – September 16th. LOOK! 2022 was presented by Groucho’s Deli.

We are currently looking for additional venues interested in hosting the LOOK! 2022 Exhibit! Contact us for more details!

We are accepting applications for families and photographers interested in participating in LOOK! 2023.