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. 

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
  • 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
  • SIBS Group
  • P.A.L.S. for Teens


  • 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


  • Recreational Scholarships
  • Ann Barbour Music & Performing Arts Scholarship
  • HealthCare Coordination Scholarship
  • Education Scholarships
  • Conference Scholarships
  • Post-Secondary Scholarships
  • Research Participation Scholarships
  • Discount fees for families who need assistance to afford DSACO activities/events

Fitness Programs:

  • iCan Swim Camp
  • Two (2) iCan Bike Camps
  • Down Syndrome Golf Academy
  • Soccer Clinic

Social Events:

  • Summer Picnic
  • Holiday Party


  • 9 locations of Summer Learning Academy
  • Workshops for parents, including a Couples Retreat
  • Conferences for educators, healthcare professionals and case managers
  • Adult Conference and other programs for people with Down syndrome
  • Books, brochures and other materials