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 

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
For all Camp/ Retreat registrations & staff/ volunteer applications, please CLICK HERE.

2022 DATES:
May 13-15, 2022
(Camp Thunderbird)
September 16-18, 2022 (Camp Thunderbird)

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 at YMCA Camp Thunderbird on 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 Dress-Up Dance, and a Campfire with S’mores.

Cost: $350
Scholarships are available for eligible families. 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. 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 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.

Some of the skills that we may practice include,but are not limited to:

  • Bedtime Routines
  • Morning Routines
  • Hygiene
  • 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.

Cost per session is $150 per participant (plus $20 for community outing). Limited financial assistance is available for eligible families. Email us for details.

 

For more information about Adult Programming, please email DSA-GC Program Coordinator, Marissa White, at mwhite@dsa-gc.org or call her directly at 315-391-3159.

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