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 raise funds online and Family Connection hosts a festive virtual presentation for families, sponsors and friends! 

Mark your calendars for Buddy Walk 2022–coming Sunday, November 6th to Saluda Shoals Park Athletic Fields! 

Interested in becoming a sponsor or a vendor? 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. Family members can connect with professionals, and this increased communication sets the stage for children and individuals with disabilities to reach their full potential.

Family Connection’s 2022 Hopes and Dreams was held April 6th & 7th

Keynote Speaker:

Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D., author of more than 20 books including Taking Charge of ADHD.

little boy pushing a toy truck outside
boy sitting on rock with stuffed animal

LOOK! is a 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, sponsored by Groucho’s Deli, opens to the public on Sunday, July 24th at the Richland Library Gallery in downtown Columbia!

Bring part of the LOOK! Collection to your business or venue!

Support our mission and help more families connect to the services and resources they need for their children!  

Bring one or more pieces of our LOOK! collection to your business to promote diversity, inclusion, and community!

Your visitors can view the photo(s) and scan the code  to read the inspiring stories that accompany them.

Learn more about how you can support children and youth with disabilities!