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Buddy Breaks

June 17, 2023

Event Information

Buddy Break is a FREE Parents’ Day Out/respite program where kids with all types of special needs (VIP kids) have FUN while their parents get a BREAK. At Buddy Break, VIP kids and their siblings make new friends, play games, do crafts, hear children’s stories, enjoy music, and more! Meanwhile, parents get a break from their ongoing care-giving responsibilities, usually for three hours on a Friday night or Saturday morning. 

Why Buddy Break?

Giving families of kids with special needs a break

  • One out of 10 kids under the age of 14 has some kind of special need. You probably know someone with a VIP kid! 

  • The weight and stress of raising a child with special needs can be overwhelming.

  • Mental Health Treatment of stress is 2-3x higher for parents of VIP kids versus parents of typical kids.

  • The divorce rate is high (up to 80%) for couples with a child with special needs.

  • Families may experience extreme isolation, depression, loneliness, and fatigue.

  • Opportunities to get a break are rare, yet desperately needed to survive.

2023 Buddy Break Dates

May 20

June 17

July 15

Contact Information

Darlene Gonzalez



4114 S Goldenrod Rd, Orlando, FL 32822, USA

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