Buddy Walk® FAQs

When and where is the Acadiana Buddy Walk®? 
October 26, 2019 from 9am-1pm
Parc International
200 Garfield Street
Lafayette, LA 70501

What is the Acadiana Buddy Walk®?
The Down Syndrome Association of Acadiana (DSAA) organizes the Acadiana Buddy Walk® to celebrate and support individuals with Down syndrome and their families and to promote understanding and acceptance of those with Down syndrome. Approximately 2,000 participants from Acadiana are expected at this year’s Acadiana Buddy Walk®, making it the largest Down syndrome awareness event in the state and our primary source of funding for our programs.

How much does the event cost?
$15.00 (must register by noon, Wednesday, October 16th, 2019)
$20.00 (onsite registration - October 26, 2019)

When is the last day to be guaranteed a free Buddy Walk® t-shirt with registration?
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 by noon.
T-shirts may be available for onsite registrants, but cannot be guaranteed.

When do I get my t-shirt?
"T-shirt week" will be held the week leading up to Buddy Walk®. Team Captains and Individual Participants may pick up their t-shirts at our office. It is the Captain's responsibility to pick up t-shirts for their team and distribute to each team member. Specific dates times and will be posted in mid-August.

Is the Buddy Walk® just for families of individuals with Down syndrome?
Absolutely not!  This is a community event and we welcome anyone and everyone to the Buddy Walk®!  So please invite all your friends and family. Invite families your children attend school with, church members, co-workers, etc.!  All are welcome! 

How strenuous is the actual walk?
The walk itself is a short one-mile stroll through downtown Lafayette.  It is a very easy and slow walk and is stroller-friendly. 

Will there be activities for the kids?
Yes! We will have a lot of activities for the kids, including inflatables.  There will be activities for the entire family – folks of all ages will enjoy music, dancing, a photo booth, crafts, games, etc.

Will there be food and drinks available?
Yes. Lunch and beverages are included with your registration.

Are pets allowed?
No, pets are not allowed (with the exception of service dogs).

Where is the Buddy Walk® Entrance?
The entrance to the Buddy Walk® is on Polk Street.

Can we set up a tent?
There will be limited space available for setting up tents (no larger than 10'x10'). Please arrive early to ensure there is space available. The gates open at 9:00 a.m.  

I see some teams have their own shirts printed.  Do I have to do this?
Absolutely not, but many of our teams enjoy designing and printing their own unique shirts every year to unify their team and raise money. 

Where can I get custom made team shirts?
You can check with local companies that provide this service.  We also suggest CustomInk.com as an easy online company you can use for this. Once a custom design is chosen, each group member can place their own order, pay for their items, and even have them shipped directly to their homes.  Customers can also start a fundraiser.  You set the price for your shirts and any overage can be donated to DSAA.

May I put the words Buddy Walk® on my team shirts?
You may, but you need approval from NDSS (National Down Syndrome Society).  For any shirts printed with the words Buddy Walk® you must include the registered trademark symbol as shown here: Buddy Walk®

May I use the DSAA logo or wording on my team shirts?
You may with prior permission and design approval from DSAA.  Please contact Sherry at smidkiff@dsaa.info. 

Where can I get frequently updated Acadiana Buddy Walk® information?
Our Facebook page is one of the best ways to get information on all things Buddy Walk®!  https://www.facebook.com/DSAAcadiana/ 

Donor Drive® FAQs

Who is Donor Drive®?
DonorDrive® Social Fundraising is online software for peer-to-peer fundraising and event registration. Buddy Walk® participants are using DonorDrive® to sign up their family team, create fundraising pages and celebrate their participation with close friends over their social channels.

How do I register for the Acadiana Buddy Walk® online?
Go to the REGISTER NOW button on the Home page and complete the form. You will be guided through the registration process. Once your transaction is complete, you will receive a confirmation email receipt.

What is unique about this website?
This website is so unique because it offers the capability for individuals to not only register for the event, but also to collect and  donations from their friends and family through a much more efficient mechanism. DSAA can track the progress of registrations and donations collectioned through viewing secured online reports.

Is my information secure? 
Yes. DonorDrive® has made every effort to protect your information. We use industry-standard SSL encryption techniques to make sure that your credit card information, passwords, and personal information travel securely over the Internet. We have also installed an encryption engine on our database server so that your data is securely stored.

What is the long website address for that I received in my confirmation receipt?
This website address is your personal url and it will take you to your personal donation page. This address link is automatically included in any emails that are sent through your email center after you have logged into the website. You can also copy and paste this link into any other form of email.

Can I change my personal url?
Once you are registered, log in to your Dashboard you will have the opportunity to create a personal url (customized portion of the link after the last forward slash) Go to the event site, click participant login on the top left hand corner of the home page. Once you are logged into your personal fundraising page go to Profile under Welcome (Your Name). Once you get to the Profile tab, click on the button on the bottom right hand side that says (Your Fundraising Page). A drop down list will show and you will select Edit Your Page. Your personal URL is going to show with an option to change it.  Make the change to a new URL then go to the bottom of the page and click Save Changes button.

Can friends and family make a donation to a Participant by going through the main website?
Yes. On the home page of the website, friends and family can locate a Participant by clicking on the DONATE NOW button and searching for the name of the person on the search box. By typing in the name of the Participant, they will be directed to the Participant's personalized pledge page.

Why is the "Search Box" not finding a Participant that I know has registered?
You must type in the first name or last name of the Participant exactly how it is spelled. It is not case sensitive. 

How can I see who has donated to me?
Go to the Donations section on the top of the site after you have logged in to your Dashboard. Click on “View Donations Received” from the drop down list to view your list of donors.

I forgot my Username and Password. How can I find out what they are?
Click on “Forgot Password” under the Account Login section. You will receive an email with your username and password. 

All of my Donors are not showing up on the scroll mechanism. Why?
As your Donors make a contribution, they have the option of whether or not they want to appear in the recognition scroll. 

Will DonorDrive® put my name on various mailing lists?
DonorDrive® division collects and maintains only personal information that is voluntarily submitted to us. We will only share personally identifiable information with a third party if and when the individual submitting this information has permitted us to do so, or if we are required by law to do so.