ACES Adult Programming

A•C•E•S (Able, Capable, Empowered, Strong) adult programming is designed to engage people with Down syndrome in a variety of ways, through education, support and social activities.


Living & Learning Academy - Weekly topics focus on developing skills necessary to become independent and confident life-long learners. Activities will include money skills, employment skills, budgeting, community living & more.

Steps to Independence - This weekend-long retreat at Cleveland State University that began in 2018 teaches independent living skills and provides an opportunity for participants to make friends in a college environment with the assistance of college students in the Occupational Therapy program

Entrepreneur Boot Camp - a 6-week program to learn how to start your own business and create meaningful employment for yourself. At the end of the course, you will be assigned a mentor from the business community.

Cooking with Confidence - This is a weekly cooking class held virtually on Mondays. Visual recipes are used to help participants follow the steps.

Sunburst Social Squad - Monthly social outings for individuals 18+. The Sunburst Social Squad meets on the second Saturday of every month and rotates around the DSANEO service area.

Virtual Bingo - Monthly; The bingo game is exactly like the bingo we all know and you can win prizes!

321 Workouts - Tuesdays and Thursdays, virtual; Movement & Calishtenic-based workouts conducted by Jacobs Ladder Special Needs Fitness.

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For more detailed information about our adult programming, contact Laurie Kowalski, Director of Family Support & Adult Engagement by email or at 216.447.8763, ext. 102