What Does Columbus Buddy Walk Fund?

Who is DSACO? 

The Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio (DSACO) was incorporated in 1984 with one purpose in mind: to support families, promote community involvement, and encourage a lifetime of opportunities for people with Down syndrome. We believe this can be achieved by providing families and individuals living with Down syndrome with meaningful, convenient, and unique opportunities to discover independence and to celebrate their achievements. 

What does DSACO do?

Over the arc of a lifetime, starting from diagnosis and along every step of the way, DSACO is there to help. Our robust services provide a broad spectrum of opportunities for those in the Down syndrome community, no matter who you are.

What counties do we serve?

The Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio provides a variety of information, education, support and assistance to individuals with Down syndrome and their families in 23 Ohio counties, including Athens, Coshocton, Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Knox, Lawrence, Licking, Madison, Marion, Meigs, Morgan, Morrow, Muskingum, Perry, Pickaway, Ross, Union, and Vinton. Please note that the services, programming, and supports are not exclusive to the 23 counties highlighted. If you have an interest in a particular program or event that we offer, please do not hesitate to join us! 

How are you making a difference?

DSACO has seen enormous growth due to the increase in funds raised through the Columbus Buddy Walk®. Because of YOU, DSACO is able to:

Expand outreach to diverse communities 

DSACO continued to focus on outreach to diverse families by making strategic changes to what, how, and where we offer programs. These efforts have grown diversity of our organization's membership from 5% ethnically diverse families in 2018 to 21% ethnically diverse families today. 

Factor in mental health

By incorporating programming specifically designed to improve mental wellness of individuals, couples, and whole families, we worked to put people in a better position to provide for their families, including their loved one with Down syndrome. 

Increase investments in adult literacy

In 2022, DSACO launched an adult literacy program which connects adults with Down syndrome with highly qualified tutors who can build on reading abilities and address gaps in foundational reading skills. This program promotes improved literacy outcomes, enhances self-confidence, and increases quality of life for adults with Down syndrome. 

Broaden new parent resources  

DSACO has made thoughtful investments to help support new parents just receiving a Down syndrome diagnosis. In addition to offering New Parent Welcome Packages, DSACO recently launched a couples counseling programs aimed at parents whose child with Down syndrome is less than one year old, to help parents adjust to their child's diagnosis and work through the early emotions. Additionally, DSACO created a new Instagram page, Expecting Extraordinary, where our local families offer support through sharing their extraordinary stories. 

To learn more about the impact you're making, please visit www.dsaco.net