What is ACE?
The Adult Continuing Education (ACE) program is a specialized education program for adults with Down syndrome. ACE aims to maximize independence for Adults with Down syndrome and promote productive participation within their community. ACE will provide educational opportunities for adults based around DSG’s six Pillars of Programming: Daily Living, Communication and Social Skills, Community Engagement, Health, Wellness, and Safety, Self-Advocacy, and Vocational Development. Every adult within ACE will have an individual plan with goals related to their vision of their future.
Who is ACE for?
Adults with Down syndrome (18+ years of age) who:
- Could benefit from additional support to compliment current services (18-21 programs, postsecondary programs).
- Want an alternative to current day programs.
- Are looking to supplement part-time work and/or volunteer schedule.
- Are sunsetting from employment and would benefit from extra support.
What our families have shared with us, in regards to their visions for their children:
“Our vision for our daughters is to live as independently as possible and be able to maintain meaningful employment and be an active member of their community.”
“I want him to have the same options my other kids have, love work, independence.”
“Independent, happy, social, valued.”
“Living as independently as possible, meaningful employment, active social life.”
DSG listened and we are committed to supporting adults with Down syndrome achieve their full potential!
For more information about ACE - please reach out to email@example.com.
ACE launched August 3, 2020!
When: Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: DSG office
Cost: $45/full day or $30/half day
Minimum enrollment: 2 days/week or 3 half days
Day to Day Activities
View and Discuss – The ACE Team values maintaining an awareness of current events. View and Discuss provides an opportunity for our self-advocates to view videos about events happening around and discuss how those events impact our lives.
Independent Work – Independent Work is a time for each self-advocate to work on their individual goals, gain independence in completing tasks, and practice utilizing the skills being taught.
Group Learning and Activities – Information and hands on activities based on the six Pillars of Programming are presented in small group settings.
Physical Activity – Our experts value the importance of maintaining health inside and out. Physical Activity is scheduled exercise time within each day to help our self-advocates build healthy habits and learn new ways to care for their bodies.
Daily Responsibilities – Each self-advocate will be assigned tasks daily to build prevocational skills, vocational opportunities, and practice daily living skills.
Reflect and Review – Reflect and Review is a daily activity to reflect on what was accomplished during the day and review upon returning the next day.
Click here to learn more about the Pillars of DSG Programming!