Social Gatherings, Vocational Programming and Community-Based Instruction empower adults with Down syndrome, ages 18+, to become contributing, valued members of their communities. “Real World” learning provides opportunities for participants to gain valuable “soft skills” like problem solving, managing time and materials, completing tasks, social skills and asking for help.
The DSA of Greater Charlotte supports and empowers adults with Ds through Independent Living Retreats, Vocational Programming and Community-Based Experiences to increase independence, encourage self-advocacy and boost self-confidence as contributing members of their communities.
Social Meet-Ups and Recreational Activities
The DSA of Greater Charlotte offers social and recreational events tailored specifically for adults with Ds, ages 18+, including monthly dinner parties at local restaurants, regularly scheduled group recreational events like Bingo Night, Karaoke and Movie Night. For more information contact Brendan Hammeke at 704.595.3832.
Check out our EVENTS page for the latest meet-ups and social activities.
Belisle House Overnight Life Skills Intensive
The adults will be able to have experiences in an actual home that mirror the responsibilities of being an independent adult in the community. We will host TWO overnight experiences (August 1-2 and October 24-25) for four female adults with Ds in order to promote repetition of skills in a small-group setting to help their learning be as individualized as possible. We are also planning to do two sessions for male adults with Ds in the fall (August 29-30 and November 14-15).
Some of the skills that we may practice include,but are not limited to:
- Bedtime Routines
- Morning Routines
- Time Management
- Grocery Shopping/ Budgeting
- Hosting a Gathering
- Leisure Skills
- Healthy Relationships/ Friendships
In order to attend this experience, participants should be able to administer their own medications (with only visual and verbal prompts), demonstrate a higher level of self- sufficiency, and possess a desire to live and work independently.
Independent Living Retreat for Adults with Ds
September 25-27, 2020 (Camp Thunderbird)
November 7-8, 2020 (Camp Thunderbird)
Independent Living Retreats for Adults with Down Syndrome offer participants an opportunity to gain self-confidence and increase independence while living together with support from skilled support staff. These retreats also help participants cultivate critical Executive Function skills (aka “soft skills”) such as self-regulation, time management, problem solving and communication so that they can be more engaged, happy and healthy in their local communities.
Cost per weekend is $275 per participant. Limited financial assistance is available to eligible families.