Adults with Down Syndrome - The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte

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 Adult Weekend Retreats, Vocational Programming and Community-Based Experiences to increase independence, encourage self-advocacy and boost self-confidence as contributing members of their communities.

Adult Weekend Retreats for Adults with Ds 

REGISTER HERE.  Registration is OPEN on CampDocs. Updated physicals, vaccinations, and medications will be required prior to attending any DSAGC Camp.

SPRING Retreat –May 17-19th, 2024 (Lake Wylie area)

FALL Retreat–September 13-15th, 2024 (Lake Wylie area)

The Adult Weekend Retreat is a 3-day/2-night overnight camp experience for all adults with Down syndrome, ages 18 and above. The Retreats occur two times per year on location near Lake Wylie in South Carolina. The Retreats also offer a 3:1 participant-to-counselor ratio. The counselors support the vocational trainings and work closely with the adult participants to provide the best experience possible! We also welcome other adults with intellectual disabilities to join us if space allows.

Adult participants will focus on increasing self-confidence and independence through individual, small group and large activities and vocational projects throughout the weekend. For example, participants will learn about and practice Soft Skills for Success, Job Interviews, Appropriate Communication, and other Vocational Readiness skills.

The adults will also have the opportunity to participate in camp activities like Canoeing, Kayaking, Hiking, Fishing, Ziplining, Team Building, Rope Courses, Slip ‘N Slide, a Dance Party, and a Campfire with S’mores.

Cost: $350
Scholarships are available for eligible families through the “Angel Guyeska” Scholarship. To apply for a Camp and/or Retreat Scholarship, please go to the camp/retreat registration site, create an account, and fill out the application form located in the “Camper/Participant Information” section.

Do you want to sponsor a participant for the Adult Weekend Retreats?
Donate here.


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.

Check out our EVENTS page for the latest meet-ups and social activities.

For more information about Adult Programming, please email DSA-GC Program and Community Outreach Director, Victoria Coles,

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