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.

Mind•Body•Soul - This program is dedicated to social opportunities and learning how to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Social events throughout the year include dances, bingo and service projects.

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.

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