Empowering Adults with Down Syndrome

Learning for a Lifetime

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.

Learning for Life – Coming Spring 2019!

The DSA of Greater Charlotte will offer bi-monthly classroom- and community-based instruction for adults, ages 18+, focusing on vocational and life skills.

 Independent Living Retreat for Adults with Ds – Coming May 2019!

We will host our Inaugural Independent Living Retreat for Adults with Ds at Camp Thunderbird for adults, ages 18+. 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.

Vocational Immersion Summer Experience – Coming Summer 2019!

The DSA of Greater Charlotte, Philips Academy and Best Buddies NC will be working together to offer a Vocational Immersion Summer Experience for students, ages 18-25. This experience will include classroom-based instruction, community-based vocational training and internships. More information coming soon.