Things to Know & Do

  • REGISTER yourself and your family, Build a Team with friends, or donate!
  • FREE Registration & T-shirt for our Buddies with Down syndrome.
  • T-SHIRT DEADLINE 1 week away! You must register by Sept 23rd at 5PM to be eligible for the T-shirt.

>Buddy Walk Registration

Help Spread the Word

  • The Buddy Walk is our largest fundraiser of the year and you can make it be even more powerful! Help spread the word by sharing our posters, press release and website.

> Poster One

> Poster Two

> Press Release

> Buddy Walk Website

Benefit Raffle

  • Volunteers are busy collecting a treasure trove of treats for the Benefit Raffle to be held at the Walk. Consider contributing to the collection.

>Benefit Raffle Form

The Wilds Region provides year-round training and competitive sports programs for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and/or closely related developmental disabilities. The program provides training and competitions in over 15 sports and leadership programs across 20 facilities throughout the region.

This fall, Special Olympics Centre County is offering Volleyball, Bocce, Soccer, and Flag Football. If you are interested in participating or volunteering, use these links:

>Program Details

>Connect via Email


Your CRDSS Board was pleased to welcome members Michele Dunleavy and John Moses-Brownson, elected at the September meeting. Watch for the Expanded Fall E-News next month for background on these extraordinary individuals ready to serve. The board is also pleased to announce that Krista Wilkinson was elected as Interim President and will serve in this role until that term ends in Summer '23.

>Full Board List

Wednesday Sept 21

6:00 - 7:00PM

Workshop held via Zoom

Toilet Training Techniques with Blackbird Toileting Services

>Event Details

>Free Registration


Our newly launched Knowledge Forum program is a volunteer-run effort to identify and develop topical programs on a variety of issues helpful to families, caregivers and people in our community. The Knowledge Forum format is meant to be a flexible platform that can offer both open-forum roundtables and expert presentations, focusing on complex issues that affect people at every stage of life—from IEP/ early intervention advice for young children to legal matters facing our adult children. In our workshops we will present a variety of perspectives: expert advice from professionals as well as personal testimonies and journeys of members of our community. Workshops will be scheduled throughout the year and we are always open to suggestions for topics.

>Submit Suggestions

For Good Performance Troupe

Back for the Fall 2022 Season

Now in our second decade, the For Good Performance Troupe is in rehearsal for the Fall performance. This vital program brings the opportunity for persons with Down syndrome to participate in musical theater and performance activities, while offering the broader community the opportunity to attend the performances and celebrate with us. The For Good Performance Troupe cultivates speech skills, independence, empowerment, and cognitive development.

The passion and skill with which director Krista Wilkinson founded the program is essential, and a large part of the program’s longevity and vitality. By her side, Assistant Director Rocky Landers brings passion and steadfast commitment to the program year after year. 

The For Good Troupe Fall Performance will be in November.

Stay tuned for details.

> Enjoy this short but inspiring Troupe video

Thank You CRDSS Sponsors

Your Year-Round Support Makes an Impact!

Boyles Insurance ~ Christine Bouley, Coldwell Banker Town & Country ~ Collegiate Pride ~

Geisinger ~ Ian Smith Painting ~ Jersey Mike's ~ Keystone Payroll ~ Lotsa Laffs ~

Dr. Marla Moon & Heimer, Fiore, Turco Eye Care ~ Northwest Bank ~ Pediatric Dental Care ~

Reliance Bank ~ RE/MAX Centre Realty ~ Restek ~ SAS Geospatial LLC ~ The Sign Factory ~

Skills of Central Pennsylvania ~ Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak ~ Strawberry Fields ~ Truist Bank

Centre Region Down Syndrome Society is a vibrant, hands-on organization

that provides individuals who have Down syndrome and their families

the tools, resources, and support necessary to participate in, contribute to,

and achieve personal health and fulfillment.

Centre Region Down Syndrome Society

Lauren Smith, Executive Director

[email protected]