It’s Buddy Walk Season!

UTAH, NEW YORK, WISCONSIN, OHIO, & VIRGINIA I’m coming your way! (scroll down to register for these upcoming events)

Here it comes! I am staring down the barrel of September and October and you know what THAT means… It’s Down Syndrome Buddy Walk Season!!! Yes, it’s time to celebrate and fundraise and meet and sing and sign with the many families who love someone with Down syndrome. Around here, my kids just say “good-bye” to their Mama every weekend. I wish there were more weekends in September and October so that I could actually accommodate all of the requests I receive each year. (Note to Buddy Walk Organizers, we are ALREADY getting requests for 2012)

At each event this year I have created a “Team Signing Time!” for our fans who may not necessarily know anyone who has Down syndrome, but who would still love to participate and see a Signing Time event in their area. If you are coming to a Buddy Walk for a Signing Time performance, PLEASE register for The Walk and participate, I guarantee it will be an experience you will never get over. One Buddy Walk organizer told me that their registrations went up 20% the year they had me perform, that’s good news for everyone! So yes, you are welcome to attend and participate, plus I’ll have tattoos and stickers for Team Signing Time and we’ll take a Team Photo together.

Here are the Buddy Walks and Awareness Walks were you can find me this year:
Sept 10, 2011
UDSF – Utah Down Syndrome Foundation Buddy Walk
West Riverfront Park
South Jordan, Utah
8:30am Buddy Walk Registration
10:30am Performance by Rachel Coleman
11:30am Buddy Walk
Click HERE to join for Team Signing Time! in Utah
*Be sure to say “Hi!” to Leah and Lucy at this event!

September 24, 2011
National Down Syndrome Society Buddy Walk

Great Hill in Central Park, NYC
Registration and activities begin at 11:00am
Walk begins at 12:20pm
Click HERE to join Team Signing Time! in New York City
*Look for Aaron, Rachel, Leah, Lucy AND Laura at this event!

Fox Cities Wisconsin Down Syndrome Awareness Walk and Pre-Walk Activities
September 30, 2011

PreWalk Event (I’m speaking and sharing my family’s story… bring kleenex)
Perry Hall, UW Fox Valley, Menasha
Time: Doors Open at 6:30pm
Presentation Begin at 7:00pm

October 1, 2011
2nd Annual Fox Cities Wisconsin Down Syndrome Awareness Walk
Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin
Riverside Park, Neenah
Click HERE to join Team Signing Time! in Fox Cities Wisconsin

October 2, 2012
Greater Toledo Down Syndrome Association Buddy Walk

12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Rocket Hall, University of Toledo
Click HERE to join Team Signing Time! Toledo
*Toledo’s Buddy Walk site is back up! REGISTER NOW!

October 15, 2011
Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia Buddy Walk
Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, VA
8:00am – 2:00pm
Click HERE to join Team Signing Time! NoVA

A few things you may not know… We have been donating products to Buddy Walks since 2003. My very first Buddy Walk appearance and performance was for the Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia Buddy Walk in 2006. Two weeks later I performed for the Manasota Buds in Bradenton, Florida.

Last year Signing Time partnered with The National Down Syndrome Society. We donated over $9,000 worth of Signing Time DVDs and products to Down Syndrome Buddy Walks across the country in 2010 by offering a free Signing Time Gift Set to every Buddy Walk that was officially registered with NDSS. This year, we are doing it again! Every Buddy Walk that is registered with NDSS can get one free DVD gift set (just pay shipping). The set includes Leah’s Farm, The Zoo Train, and The Great Outdoors, as well as the accompanying music CD to use in their raffles, silent auctions, or to give to a family in need of communication. It’s one per Buddy Walk, and all they pay is shipping. Have your Buddy Walk organizer visit by October 31st.

DVD Gift Set for each Buddy Walk

So, while you are all taping fall leaves to your front windows and carving pumpkins… I’ll be taping orange and blue electric tape around my fingers because around here THAT is the first sign of fall.

2010 NYC Team Signing Time

2010 Massachusetts Team Signing Time

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About Rachel Coleman

The opinions and late night musings published on this blog are Rachel de Azevedo Coleman's alone, and are not ever intended to represent the opinions and sentiments of any organization or product that Rachel is, was, or will be associated with. Rachel Coleman is the creator and Emmy-nominated host of Signing Time!, the children's American Sign Language vocabulary building series. She is also the creator and host of Baby Signing Time, Rachel & the TreeSchoolers, and Rachel & Me. Rachel now serves as the Executive Director of the American Society for Deaf Children, a 501c3 nonprofit established in 1967 by parents of deaf children. ASDC is the American Sign Language organization for families who are raising deaf children. Motivated by her child, Leah's deafness, Rachel has spent the last 18 years creating ASL products to help bridge the communication barrier between hearing and signing communities. In 2006 Rachel founded the Signing Time Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to putting communication in the hands of all children of all abilities. In 2014, the Signing Time Foundation launched a 50-Lesson online ASL curriculum called "Sign It: ASL Made Easy" that is available free-of-charge to families with deaf or hard of hearing children ages 36 months and under. Apply at For those who do not qualify to receive Sign It ASL for free, they can find it for purchase at very reasonable rates on Rachel and her husband, Aaron, live in Salt Lake City Utah. They are parents to Leah who was born profoundly deaf, and is now a senior in college at NTID/RIT in Rochester, NY. They are also parents to Lucy who has spina bifida and cerebral palsy, and recently graduated high school. In 2010 the Colemans were joyfully reunited with Rachel's daughter Laura. Rachel is proud to be Laura's birth mom. Laura was placed for adoption as an infant in 1992 when Rachel was 17 years-old.

12 thoughts on “It’s Buddy Walk Season!

  1. I am so excited to hear you will be in Toledo! I just told my daughter (2 yrs) that she will get to see Rachel and she is dancing around the kitchen 🙂 She absolutely adores the signing time videos and tries to teach her baby brother signs now too. Can’t wait!

  2. The Colorado Signing Time Academy instructors are going to do our best to spread the Signing Time Spirit by walking in both the Colorado Springs and Denver walks. We are not Rachel but we can still have fun if anyone wants to join us. (Maybe we can get Rachel to come next year.)

  3. We are so excited to see you in ohio. My six year old daughter with DS loves your videos and I can’t tell you what a blessing they have been. My four year old is so excited and would like to know if hopkins will be there. We are registered with the signing time team and can’t wait.See you soon.

  4. I apparently just missed the online registration for NYC tonight–feeling very bad because this was supposed to be our daughter’s 2nd birthday surprise and I failed to get it done early. We will have to do on-site registration, and would like to know whether we can still meet up with TST, and if so how/where. Lula is obsessed–in a good way, of course. In happy news, my mom just emailed that she used “all done” with my dad the other day when he couldn’t hear her ask him to turn off something loud. It worked! What a wake you are leaving, Rachel! We are looking forward to Saturday–thank you for all you do.

  5. Our family is looking forward to seeing you in the Fox Cities again this year! Last year we drove from Indiana but now we live just two hours away in Wausau, Wisconsin. Laurel continues to talk about Signing Time and relates it to just about everything she says at age 4. Thanks for teaching all of us in such a fun, engaging manner! I make sure all her teachers and therapists know about Signing Time.

  6. It is with great excitement that we approach the Buddy Walk for Northern Virginia. I read with pride that you first made a Buddy Walk appearance for the DSANV five years ago, a society I now happily support and am supported by. Honestly, I can barely remember how my life was five years ago, because that was before my own miracle entered my life. My miracle’s name is Tripp. (He was born with a fatal condition not associated with DS which was not diagnosed until it nearly cost him his life twice). Rest assured that 4-year old Tripp will great you next weekend with the warmest, most amazing smile. I can hardly wait! His love of Signing TIme and benefit he derives from it have made your family a part of our daily lives. We are so grateful that words fail me. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do to support people of all abilities.

  7. Rachel,
    My son has Down syndrome & a visual impairment and goes to Frankie Lemmon School, a school for children with special needs. I have been named a semi-finalist in the Ikea Life Improvement Contest, in which a winner gets $100,000 to improve the lives of others. For the contest, my project is to upgrade and expand the use of technology at the school, to create a website for teachers with ideas in integrating technology into special education classrooms & visiting local colleges to share the project with student teachers. For the last part of the project, I will need to make a one-minute video explaining my project, which will be posted on ikea’s contest webpage & the winner of the contest will be chosen by a public vote. I will have from being notified next Monday until next Thursday to complete my video.
    I need your help!! Is there any possible way that you would allow us to use a one minute clip (the refrain) of your song “Shine” in our video?

    Thank you so much!!
    Melissa Matthews

  8. Hi Anquan! I pray your event turn out well. My students need to get out of the walls of South Carolina, however, as a nin-profit organization right now we cant afford to bring every child. Could you please consider making an appearance in a little town right of I95 (exit 122) at our community school and say hello. This will make their day. even if its three minutes. MAybe one day I will be able to bring them to Pahokee (im from Clewiston) to the Q-fest so they can see greatness in action! Be blessed and keep up the good work!Melissa

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