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 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.
Our first six-session series, Discovering the Path to Employment, begins on March 26th, 2019 and runs every two weeks through June 4th, 2019 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 February 2019! For more details email us.
Dates/Times: Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm (Space is limited per session)
Location: The Exceptional Foundation of Charlotte, First United Methodist Church, 501 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
Independent Living Retreat for Adults with Ds – Coming May 17-19, 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. For more information email us.
Vocational Immersion Summer Experience – Coming July 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.