The Academy at DSL

Our Adult Development Academy, “The Academy” for short, The Academy is a high-quality lifelong learning experience unlike any other program in the area. The Academy 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. The curriculum includes literacy, math, and computer skills, as well as a variety of elective subjects, such as relationships, etiquette, art, music, and safety, job readiness, basic health, fitness, nutrition, social engagement, and independent living skills.  As a way to enhance life skills and independence, students learn to identify healthy food choices, prepare a healthy snack each week, and become more familiar with kitchen tools and appliances.   

Typical DSL Academy Weekly Calendar

Check out just some of the engaging activities below…

Academy Activities

Educational Curriculum

Music

Healthy Movement

Community Outings

Volunteering

Art

Student Council

Electives

Gardening

Life Skills

Cooking

Dance Parties

Self-Advocacy

Therapy

Career Exploration

Yoga

The Academy Team

Russ Owens

The Academy Manager

Cathy Palmer

The Academy Coordinator

Shelly Durbin

Adult Programs Director

The Academy Teachers

Rebekah Wilson

Willow Tesseneer

Riley Berry

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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