For specific information regarding times and locations, please click the Events tab.

Little Buddies Parent Resource Group

Meets on the 4th Monday of the month
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Worthington United Methodist Church
600 High Street, Worthington, OH 43085
Refreshments and childcare are provided.
Little Buddies Contacts:

Angela Buddendeck
(937)313-1306
cookieparty@yahoo.com

April Horne
(740)360-7093
Aprilhorne624@gmail.com

 

Latino Resource Group

Meets for various events. Contact Arlene Raya for information.
 Group Contact:
Arlene Raya
araya@dsaco.net

 

 

 

School-aged Social Group

Social group for school-aged kids with Down syndrome.
This group meets quarterly providing fun activities for kids and families.
Please see the current DSACO newsletter for this quarter’s outing. dsaco.net/newsletters,
School-Age Social Group Contacts:
Andrea Bartosch
andreabartosch@live.com

Mary Elliott
columbuselliotts@gmail.com

Weekend Play Group- Central

Infants, toddlers, & preschoolers with Down syndrome & siblings
Meets the 2nd Saturday of the month. Please see the current DSACO
newsletter for special events/locations. dsaco.net/newsletters,
Advent Lutheran Church
3660 Kenny Rd., Columbus, OH  43220
Weekend Play Group Contacts:
Dawn Thornton
(614) 893-1808
dawnrthornton@gmail.com

Dave & Jen Snyder
(614) 893-3941
dtsnyder29@gmail.com

Southeast Play Group

Children ages 8 and under with Down syndrome and siblings welcome to attend this monthly play group.
Please see the current DSACO                                                                                                                                   
newsletter for special events/locations. dsaco.net/newsletters,
Meets the 3rd Saturday of each month
10:30 – Noon
Southeast Play Group Contacts:
Renee Wolfe
(740) 412-0765
reneewolfe0812@gmail.com
Courtney Frost
(614) 307-0232
bcfrost816@yahoo.com

D.A.D.S. – Dads Appreciating Down SyndromeDads HR

Meets monthly. 6:00 p.m.
Dates and locations vary. DSACO provides
appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages.

 

D.A.D.S. Contact:
Nathan Vega
nathanvega@gmail.com

M.O.M.S. – Mothers Offering Mothers Support

Join one or join all for a relaxing night out. DSACO moms
will have the opportunity to share stories, needs, concerns and ideas. DSACO provides
appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages. Locations vary. Check our events tab or email a group contact for details.

 

Powell // Evening Group

Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month
7:00 p.m.
Powell M.O.M.S. Contacts:
Susie Jones
susiejones429@yahoo.com

Kim Vega
kimvega@gmail.com 


Westerville // Evening Group

Meets on the 1st Thursday of the month
6:30 p.m.
Westerville M.O.M.S. Contact:
Mandy Peterson
mandy_6862@yahoo.com

Central // Evening Group

Meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month
6:30 p.m.

Clintonville Contact:

Angela Buddendeck
Cookieparty@yahoo.com

Northwest // Evening Group

Meets on the third Tuesday of the month

6:30 p.m.
 Northwest Contact:
Liz Loehrer
douearit@gmail.com

Southeast// Evening Group

 Meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month
6:00 p.m.
Shades on the Canal
119 S. High St., Canal Winchester
Southeast Contact:
Courtney Frost
bcfrost816@yahoo.com

 Chillicothe

Due to lack of attendance, we will evaluate how this group might look
going forward. Please email ideas or interest to rberens@dsaco.net


Adult Stamping Club

Meets monthly on a Wednesday. Contact DSACO for upcoming dates.
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Urban Coffee Meeting Room
7838 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43235
Stamping Club Contact:
Sue Leppert
(614) 354-0658
sdlbuckeye@aol.com

DSACO Families- South Central Closed Facebook Group

This group has been established to provide connections to families who have a loved one with Down syndrome in geographically outlying counties (i.e. outside of Franklin County) within the DSACO service area. The hope is that group outings, play groups, and conversation about needs can be established as a result of these connections. From these connections, DSACO will collaborate with families to host events, meet-ups, and outings in a setting closer to home. CLICK HERE to join this private group. *Please note that if DSACO does not have a membership application on file for you, we will ask you to complete one prior to your acceptance to this closed group. This is for the protection and anonymity of those participating in the group.*

Additional Information About Resource Groups:
  • Little Buddies Parent Resource Group: For new or expectant parents of babies with Down syndrome. This group helps ease the worries of new parents and provide the information they need. Childcare is available for siblings and children with Down syndrome who are mobile. All are welcome.
  • Weekend Play Groups: The weekend play groups are for families that have an infant, toddler or preschooler with Down syndrome. This group will meet the second Saturday of every month at 10:00 a.m. until noon, at various locations. Siblings are welcome!
  • DS-ASD Chatroom: This closed Facebook group brings together individuals and families that are affected by a co-occurring diagnosis of Down syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder. CLICK HERE to join this private group.

Do you have Down syndrome related books, toys, equipment, therapy items, etc that you would like to pass on? Consider posting your items on the NEW DSACO “Lending” Library Group on Facebook, for other DSACO families to use! Let’s reduce/reuse/recycle within our own Ds community!

Request to join the Facebook group by clicking here or searching ‘DSACO “Lending” Library’ on Facebook and once confirmed, you will be able to post your items or items that you are in need of!

Feel free to post your own pictures and arrange exchange of items. Not comfortable giving out your home address for someone to pick up? No worries, drop your item(s) off at DSACO and they can be picked up there!

By “lending” library, our idea is for families to pass along items to other families when they are no longer needed. Once you are done, if the item can still be used, pass it along to another family.