Columbus Area Down Syndrome Support Group

Columbus Area Down Syndrome Support Group We are committed to raising awareness of Down syndrome and promoting an inclusive culture where all people with Down syndrome are valued participants in the social, recreational, educational and economic opportunities in the communities we serve.
The Columbus Area Down Syndrome Support Group encourages anyone impacted by Down syndrome to join the group or simply come to any meeting of interest. This invitation is extended to parents, grandparents and siblings of children with Down syndrome. Professionals who work with people with Down syndrome are also encouraged to get involved with the group. This includes teachers, therapists, doctors and clergy.
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05/21/2020
Indiana Disability Rights

Indiana Disability Rights

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News from The Arc of Bartholomew County
05/08/2020
News from The Arc of Bartholomew County

News from The Arc of Bartholomew County

Recently we have all had to transition to a new type of community…one where many of us are only able to connect and care for each other through a screen.

Exciting news!
03/29/2020

Exciting news!

The Arc of Bartholomew County is pleased to announce that Grace Kestler has been appointed the new Executive Director of The Arc.

Grace, a native of Columbus, comes to The Arc from Advocates for Children where she was involved with community outreach, volunteer recruitment and fundraising. Her professional experience includes three years with Cummins Inc. which included developing communication strategies, implementing diversity trainings, developed initiatives focusing on individuals with disabilities and facilitating partnerships with diversity organizations.

While Grace begins this Monday the times we live in means that Grace will work remotely and unfortunately not available to visit with folks at The Arc office at this time.

Grace (left) is pictured with Danie'l Mize, member of The Arc board and President of Self-Advocates of Tomorrow The Aktion Club of Columbus.

World Down Syndrome Day
03/21/2020

World Down Syndrome Day

Today is the day!
Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, show us your socks.
Add your photo in the comments (on the original post) and then share the post on your profile. Let's see how many socks we can get! 😀
#LotsOfSocks
#WorldDownSyndromeDay

Great event. Don’t miss it!!!
03/01/2020

Great event. Don’t miss it!!!

Join DSI on March 7th for the 12th Annual Wine and Beer Festival! With each ticket you receive a commemorative wine or beer glass! All proceeds benefit individuals with disabilities.
Tickets available at https://www.dsiservices.org/beer-and-wine-fest

A great cause & a good reason to visit the Columbus Bar in downtown Columbus!!!
11/09/2019

A great cause & a good reason to visit the Columbus Bar in downtown Columbus!!!

Mugs for Muffs is back at the Columbus Bar Power House Brewing Company !!!!!

Many people with autism struggle with sensory issues in loud places. Last year, we raised almost $300 to purchase a set of 21 earmuffs for the network to use during loud events. We are hoping to raise enough money this year to buy additional sets and make the earmuffs more available to the group!

Visit the Columbus Bar and donate your extra change to help support our cause! 💛🍻

From the Buddy Walk all the way to Elkhart, Midnight Express rocks Indiana! We love our Buddy Walk sponsors!!! #ElkhartM...
10/19/2019

From the Buddy Walk all the way to Elkhart, Midnight Express rocks Indiana! We love our Buddy Walk sponsors!!! #ElkhartMunicipalAirport

We love our Buddy Walk 2019 sponsors. Thanks for all your support! #AdvocateEducateCelebrate
10/09/2019

We love our Buddy Walk 2019 sponsors. Thanks for all your support! #AdvocateEducateCelebrate

NIH Funding For Down Syndrome Research Balloons
10/08/2019
NIH Funding For Down Syndrome Research Balloons

NIH Funding For Down Syndrome Research Balloons

With millions of new dollars for research on Down syndrome, federal officials have effectively doubled their investment in understanding the chromosomal disorder in the last year alone.

Awesome day at Buddy Walk 2019. Thank you to all of our sponsors, donors & volunteers. Together we took steps today to a...
10/05/2019

Awesome day at Buddy Walk 2019. Thank you to all of our sponsors, donors & volunteers. Together we took steps today to a brighter future for people with Down syndrome!!! #EducateAdvocateCelebrate

Registration is underway and the music is rocking Donner Park. Join us at the coolest event in Columbus today!
10/05/2019

Registration is underway and the music is rocking Donner Park. Join us at the coolest event in Columbus today!

A beautiful morning! The Buddy Walk is marked & ready to go.
10/05/2019

A beautiful morning! The Buddy Walk is marked & ready to go.

Buddy Walk 2019 - It's happening today at Donner Park in Columbus. Stop by and celebrate National Down Syndrome Awarenes...
10/05/2019
Columbus Area Down Syndrome Support Group Buddy Walk 2019-ARC OF BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, INC.

Buddy Walk 2019 - It's happening today at Donner Park in Columbus. Stop by and celebrate National Down Syndrome Awareness Month with us. If you can't make it, you can still donate using our FirstGiving page. #EducateAdvocateCelebrate

The Columbus Area Down Syndrome Support Group 19th Annual Buddy Walk Saturday October 5, 2019 Donner Park Shelter House Columbus, Indiana _____________________________________ Registration Starts at 10:30 a.m. Walk at Noon Food & Entertainment Following the Walk _____________________________________...

10/01/2019

October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month and the Columbus Area Down Syndrome Support Group believes that increasing awareness of Down syndrome enables individuals with Down syndrome to become active and valued participants in our community! #BuddyWalk2019 #EducateAdvocateCelebrate

We are looking forward to another great Buddy Walk on Saturday October 5 at Donner Park. There is still time to create y...
10/01/2019
Columbus Area Down Syndrome Support Group Buddy Walk 2019-ARC OF BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, INC.

We are looking forward to another great Buddy Walk on Saturday October 5 at Donner Park. There is still time to create your fundraising page or make an online donation to this year's event.

The Columbus Area Down Syndrome Support Group 19th Annual Buddy Walk Saturday October 5, 2019 Donner Park Shelter House Columbus, Indiana _____________________________________ Registration Starts at 10:30 a.m. Walk at Noon Food & Entertainment Following the Walk _____________________________________...

We love traditions at the Buddy Walk!  Music and dancing is a highlight every year. Next Saturday Donner Park will be ro...
09/29/2019

We love traditions at the Buddy Walk! Music and dancing is a highlight every year. Next Saturday Donner Park will be rocking thanks to Midnight Express.

We love traditions at the Buddy Walk! Join us on October 5th at Donner Park where Bartholomew, Brown & Jennings Special ...
09/28/2019

We love traditions at the Buddy Walk! Join us on October 5th at Donner Park where Bartholomew, Brown & Jennings Special Olympics athletes will be preparing & serving our traditional pulled pork lunch. A special shout out to Mike Ross & Andy Hunnicutt for making it all happen again this year! #bwtraditions

It’s almost WALKtober and we are happy that the Buddy Walk is an official Healthy Communities event again this year! Joi...
09/27/2019

It’s almost WALKtober and we are happy that the Buddy Walk is an official Healthy Communities event again this year! Join us on WALKtober 5th and together we can take healthy steps to a brighter future for people with Down syndrome.

Now playing at Yes, Cinema! Zak, a 22 year old man with Down syndrome, escapes from the nursing home to pursue his dream...
09/15/2019

Now playing at Yes, Cinema! Zak, a 22 year old man with Down syndrome, escapes from the nursing home to pursue his dream of becoming a professional wrestler.

Celebrate National Down Syndrome Awareness Month and help create a greater acceptance of individuals with Down syndrome ...
09/14/2019
Columbus Area Down Syndrome Support Group Buddy Walk 2019-ARC OF BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, INC.

Celebrate National Down Syndrome Awareness Month and help create a greater acceptance of individuals with Down syndrome by helping raise funds for the 19th annual Buddy Walk in Columbus, Indiana! Follow the link to get started.

The Columbus Area Down Syndrome Support Group 19th Annual Buddy Walk Saturday October 5, 2019 Donner Park Shelter House Columbus, Indiana _____________________________________ Registration Starts at 10:30 a.m. Walk at Noon Food & Entertainment Following the Walk _____________________________________...

Buddy Walk - Saturday October 5 - Donner Park
09/14/2019

Buddy Walk - Saturday October 5 - Donner Park

Bartholomew County Public Library
08/26/2019

Bartholomew County Public Library

Ashley Holzhausen has added an evening ASL meetup for those who cannot make her Thursday morning sessions!

Help promote Buddy Walk 2019 by sharing this with your friends. Feel free to print and display at work or your favorite ...
08/23/2019

Help promote Buddy Walk 2019 by sharing this with your friends. Feel free to print and display at work or your favorite gathering place.

To help the Columbus Area Down Syndrome Support Group celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month, please consider forming a...
08/23/2019
Columbus Area Down Syndrome Support Group Buddy Walk 2019-ARC OF BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, INC.

To help the Columbus Area Down Syndrome Support Group celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month, please consider forming a Buddy Walk team or fundraising page using our convenient FirstGiving site. Once you have created your page, please ask your friends, neighbors and co-workers to join your team or donate to your fundraising page. Follow the link below to get started.

https://www.firstgiving.com/event/cadssg_buddywalk/Buddy_Walk_2019

The Columbus Area Down Syndrome Support Group 19th Annual Buddy Walk Saturday October 5, 2019 Donner Park Shelter House Columbus, Indiana _____________________________________ Registration Starts at 10:30 a.m. Walk at Noon Food & Entertainment Following the Walk _____________________________________...

Sponsorships are available for Buddy Walk 2019. If you know a business or community organization interested in a sponsor...
08/18/2019

Sponsorships are available for Buddy Walk 2019. If you know a business or community organization interested in a sponsorship, please send a message!

The Arc Rejects President Trump’s Comments on Bringing Back Institutions - The Arc
08/17/2019
The Arc Rejects President Trump’s Comments on Bringing Back Institutions - The Arc

The Arc Rejects President Trump’s Comments on Bringing Back Institutions - The Arc

Washington, DC – The Arc, the nation’s largest civil rights organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), which was founded by parents and family members who rejected institutions and fought for decades to close them, released the following statement on Preside...

08/11/2019
08/07/2019
Columbus Area Down Syndrome Support Group Buddy Walk 2019-ARC OF BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, INC.

Create a 2019 Buddy Walk fundraising page or form your Buddy Walk team now. It is quick and easy using our FirstGiving site!

The Columbus Area Down Syndrome Support Group 19th Annual Buddy Walk Saturday October 5, 2019 Donner Park Shelter House Columbus, Indiana _____________________________________ Registration Starts at 10:30 a.m. Walk at Noon Food & Entertainment Following the Walk _____________________________________...

Any thoughts on the new 2019 Buddy Walk logo? Is it t-shirt worthy?
08/07/2019

Any thoughts on the new 2019 Buddy Walk logo? Is it t-shirt worthy?

08/04/2019

A quick flashback to Buddy Walk 2018!

Congratulations to Dillon, the first Bartholomew County resident to attend the Erskine Green Training Institute!
07/08/2019

Congratulations to Dillon, the first Bartholomew County resident to attend the Erskine Green Training Institute!

Congratulations once more to 2019 Columbus East graduate Dillon Hashman, who begins his studies this week as Bartholomew County’s first student to attend the Erskine Green Training Institute!

Opened in 2016 by The Arc of Indiana Foundation, the Erskine Green Training Institute offers postsecondary vocational training to people with disabilities in the areas of food service, healthcare support, and hospitality. Learn more about the institute at www.erskinegreeninstitute.org

The Arc of Indiana
04/27/2019

The Arc of Indiana

Good News! GOVERNOR HOLCOMB SIGNS LANDMARK LEGISLATION SUPPORTING THE INDEPENDENCE OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Governor Holcomb has signed Senate Enrolled Act 380 into law, requiring Less Restrictive Alternatives, including Supported Decision-Making, to be considered before the court will appoint a guardian.

The Arc of Indiana is thrilled that SEA 380 has been signed into law. It is always our goal to make sure that people with disabilities have as much independence as possible for as long as possible in their lives. Supported Decision Making will allow that to happen and be an important option for people with disabilities to remain in control of decisions affecting their lives. We were happy to work with Indiana Disability Rights and Self Advocates of Indiana to get this legislation passed.

04/13/2019
“Special Olympics Saved – But What About All the Other Disability Program Cuts in President’s Budget?”Please go to the l...
03/30/2019
Special Olympics Saved – But What About All the Other Disability Program Cuts in President’s Budget? | The Arc Blog

“Special Olympics Saved – But What About All the Other Disability Program Cuts in President’s Budget?”

Please go to the link and scroll beyond the login info to read this very important message from The Arc of the US.

Washington, DC – It’s budget season in Washington, DC, and there’s a lot at stake in the proposals for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). In the last few years, the Administration has consistently proposed cuts to programs that impact people with I/DD and their fam...

Great time this evening rocking our socks!#CADSSG_CrazySocks
03/22/2019

Great time this evening rocking our socks!

#CADSSG_CrazySocks

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Are you the mother of a child diagnosed with Down syndrome who is between 6 and 18 months of age? The Purdue University Neurodevelopmental Family Lab is recruiting families of children with Down syndrome to participate in a longitudinal home-based study of child development. Participation involves completing online surveys, an audio recording of your child’s vocalizations, and a telehealth-based play session. Families are provided a small monetary gift and a brief developmental snapshot report for their time. Please visit https://nddfamilylab.weebly.com/current-projects.html for more information, or contact us at [email protected]. Thank you!
When is the Buddy Walk this year?