The Academy at DSL

Welcome to “The Academy,” our exceptional Adult Development Academy offering a lifelong learning experience that surpasses any other program in the area. At The Academy, we provide a comprehensive educational curriculum catering to adults with Down syndrome who have completed high school. Our program encompasses academics, healthy movement, life-skill classes, social activities, and community outings, ensuring a well-rounded and enriching experience.

The curriculum at The Academy covers a wide range of subjects to promote personal growth and development. It includes essential academic areas such as literacy, math, and computer skills. In addition, we offer a variety of elective courses, including relationships, etiquette, art, music, safety, job readiness, basic health, fitness, nutrition, social engagement, and independent living skills. These diverse elective subjects empower our students to explore their interests and gain valuable knowledge applicable to their daily lives.

We are committed to fostering life skills and independence among our students. As part of this commitment, we teach them to identify healthy food choices, prepare nutritious snacks on a weekly basis, and become familiar with various kitchen tools and appliances. By equipping our students with these practical skills, we aim to enhance their overall well-being and empower them to lead independent lives.

At The Academy, we believe in providing a supportive and inclusive environment that encourages growth, self-expression, and meaningful connections. Our dedicated team of instructors ensures that each student receives personalized attention and guidance tailored to their unique needs and aspirations. Through engaging in social activities and community events, our students have the opportunity to develop social skills, build friendships, and actively participate in their communities.

In summary, The Academy offers a comprehensive educational curriculum and fosters independence among adults with Down syndrome. We are proud to provide an enriching and inclusive learning experience that empowers our students to thrive and lead fulfilling lives.

Check out just some of the engaging activities below…

Educational Curriculum


Healthy Movement

Community Outings



Student Council



Life Skills


Dance Parties



Career Exploration


academy at DSL

The Academy Team

Sharon Doerr

Adult Education & Academy Manager

Cathy Palmer

The Academy Coordinator

Shelly Durbin

Adult Programs Director

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