Adult Development Academy (ADA)

Our Adult Development Academy (ADA) Program offers a full educational curriculum, including academics, healthy movement, life-skill classes, social activities, and community outings for adults with Down syndrome that have completed high school.

What We Want You To Know

Members participate daily in literacy, math, and computer skills, in addition to a variety of elective subjects, such as relationships, arts and crafts, and safety.

Because good health is key to living a long and happy life, members can participate in daily exercise activities such as cardio fitness, yoga, indoor sports, or walking. As a way to enhance life skills and independence, ADA members will also learn to identify healthy food choices, prepare a healthy snack each week, and become more familiar with kitchen tools and appliances.

Our Partners and Activities:

  • Senior Care Experts Meal Delivery: ADA Members and Staff deliver meals once weekly to seniors in the local area as a way to contribute and “give back” to our community. Keeping seniors healthy with a good nutrition program is the goal of this program. Well-balanced meals are delivered to the homes, eliminating grocery shopping, meal preparation, leftovers, and waste.
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Summer Fun Week
  • Think Move Learn
  • UL Music Therapy
  • Therapy with APT
  • Gardening
  • Cooking
  • Community Outings
  • UL Baseball/Bats Games
  • Aging with DS: Our Positive Approach to Care
  • Dance Parties
  • Student Council Meetings
  • Virtual Options
  • Kentucky Shakespeare Summer Performance

Additional Information

Russ Owens

ADA Manager

Email Russ

Cathy Palmer

ADA Coordinator

Email Cathy

Additional Information & Resources

ADA News & Stories

WDSD Spotlights – Meet some of our ADA Members


March 24, 2022

WDSD Spotlight – Meet Brian


March 16, 2022

WDSD Spotlight – Meet Grace


March 14, 2022

WDSD Spotlight – Meet Amber


March 11, 2022

ADA Takes on Taekwondo


July 23, 2021

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