What Does Columbus Buddy Walk Fund?

Since it was established in 1984, the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio has been an organization made up of people of all ages with Down syndrome, parents of children with Down syndrome, professionals and health care providers - all working together to ensure that all individuals in our community living with Down syndrome have every opportunity to achieve their full individual potential. 

93% of every dollar raised by Columbus Buddy Walk® teams, stays in the 23 Central Ohio counties that DSACO serves. 
7% of every dollar raised by Columbus Buddy Walk® teams, is sent to NDSS for national advocacy and support. 


Expectant/New Parent Support:

  • Newborn hospital and home visits
  • New Parent Packages
  • Host Little Buddies Parent Resource group
  • Referral assistance to families through DD Boards, Help Me Grow, etc.

Resource Groups:

  • School-aged Social Group
  • East Side Play Group
  • Teen Social Group
  • Spanish Speaking Resource Group
  • DS-ASD Dual Diagnosis Group
  • D.A.D.S (Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome)
  • MOMS Groups throughout Central Ohio
  • Weekend Play Group
  • Adult Stamping Club
  • P.A.L.S. for Teens

Awareness:

  • DSACO and Buddy Walk websites
  • “Keeping Up” Newsletter
  • E-blasts on DSACO activities and other community happenings
  • Activity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • World Down Syndrome Day activities on March 21st
  • Down Syndrome Awareness Month activities in October

Legislative Advocacy:

  • Expertise on disability legislation advocacy through petitions, letter writing and testifying

Scholarships:

  • Recreational Scholarships
  • Conference Scholarships
  • Family Education Scholarship
  • Discount fees for families who need assistance to afford DSACO activities/events

Fitness Programs:

  • Walking Club
  • Couch to 5K Training Group
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • iCan Bike Camp
  • Down Syndrome Golf Academy
  • Soccer Clinic

Social Events:

  • Summer Picnic
  • Holiday Party

Education:

  • Summer Learning Academy
  • The Leaning Program Online™
  • Workshops for parents
  • Conferences for educators, healthcare professionals and case managers
  • Adult Conference and other programs for people with Down syndrome
  • Books, brochures and other materials