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Benefitting Best Buddies and the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida

Through Visit Orlando, one dollar from every meal served during Magical Dining Month benefits local nonprofits that help children in need. And, thanks to continued growth of the program, we are able to help two organizations again this year.

In 2018, Magical Dining Month will benefit Best Buddies and the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida; two organizations that work tirelessly to help children and families living with disabilities in Central Florida. We couldn’t be more excited to share the stories of these incredible charities and, just in time for Down Syndrome Awareness Month and National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Best Buddies Central Florida

Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of people with Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injuries and other disabilities. With programs focusing on friendship, jobs, and leadership, Best Buddies helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities create lasting relationships, find employment, live independently and develop communication skills.

In Florida alone, Best Buddies has more than 11,000 e-Buddies and volunteers in public schools, colleges and communities, allowing Best Buddies to impact more than 100,000 people with and without disabilities in Florida.

The BestBuddies® Friendship Program, which exists in various schools and communities, creates social opportunities to build one-to-one friendships between peers with and without disabilities.

Proceeds from Magical Dining Month will help Best Buddies expand its programs into Orange County middle schools with high populations of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This mentorship program helps improve students' quality of life and foster an inclusive middle school culture, by erasing the barrier that typically separates students with disabilities.

Visit Best Buddies website at www.bestbuddies.org

Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida

Founded in 1991, the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida (DSACF) has touched the lives of more than 12,000 individuals with Down syndrome and their families by offering hope, acceptance, and empowerment through advocacy, education and awareness.

With the help from more than 17,000 friends, professionals, volunteers and other supporters, DSACF creates a Central Florida community dedicated to guiding individuals with Down syndrome through life so that each may realize their potential.

Along with emotional and financial support to those with Down syndrome and their families, DSACF offers various resources and programs to every age and stage, from baby playgroups and parent workshops for new and expecting parents to helping adolescents plan for their future as they transition into adulthood.

Proceeds from Magical Dining Month will help the Down Syndrome Association expand its emergency and crisis fund, pay for potential medical needs not covered by insurance, and fund therapy scholarship programs.

Visit the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida website at www.dsacf.org

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