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.

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

Learning for Life – Coming Fall 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.

Our first six-session series, Discovering the Path to Employment, runs every two weeks for six weeks and is open to adults, ages 18+.

Session 1: Introduction to Guided Group Discovery

Session 2: Interests & Contributions

Session 3: Conditions, Accommodations & Disclosures

Session 4: The Art & Science of Networking

Session 5: Putting It Together – Taking Action

Session 6: Conclusion – Next Steps in the Community

This six-session series would be most beneficial for job seekers who are committed to multiple
sessions, interested in becoming an active participant in their job search, and meet one or more
of the following characteristics:

  • Enjoys working with others;
  • Has a difficult time identifying their abilities and skills;
  • Has the ability to stay focused on one topic for at least 20 minutes at a time;
  • Has little or no employment history;
  • Attains employment, but has difficulty retaining employment;
  • Has specific conditions of employment that will need to be considered and addressed if
    employment is to be successful;
  • Has had unsuccessful experience(s) with the more conventional, demand-driven labor
    market approach; and/or
  • Has one or more barriers to employment that has impeded a successful job search.

Registration opens in September 2019! For more details email us.

Dates/Times: Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm (Space is limited per session)

Location: Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte offices at Park Road Church, 3900 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209

 Independent Living Retreat for Adults with Ds – May 17-19, 2019 and FALL 2019!

We hosted 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. For more information email us.

Vocational Immersion Summer Experience – Coming 2020!

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.