Our services and supports are rooted in our organization’s Six Pillars: Daily Living; Community Engagement; Communication and Social Skills; Health, Wellness and Safety; Self-Advocacy; and Vocational Development.
Have you filled out our contact form?
We encourage you to fill out our contact form so a member of our team can follow up with you and recommend relevant services and supports, and we can add you to our mailing list.
It is especially critical that we have the birth date of your loved one with Down syndrome. Birth dates are very important as they guide us in which services and supports to recommend to families at each stage of adulthood.
We will follow up with you promptly after we receive your contact form, but you are welcome to message us directly as well, as we want to be responsive to your needs.
Wherever you are on your journey, our expert Lifespan Services Team is with you continually finding new ways to offer innovative services for every age and season of life.
Down Syndrome Innovations offers adult services and supports that focus on maximizing independence; integrating into the community; preparing for employment; increasing health and wellness; and learning essential social skills.
We can schedule time with you to get to know the needs of your adult loved one and all of the caregivers involved in his or her life. We will discuss services and supports relevant to this stage of the journey. We want to make the process of engaging with our organization as easy as possible for your family. If you are not sure what you need or how we can help, signing up for a consultation is the best step forward. There is something we can do at every step of the journey to support your family.
Every quarter, we offer weekly, complimentary/free programming for older adults to learn essential skills, while also gaining important social skills by interacting among their peers. Our programming is a great way to make new friends, gain independence, enjoy movement and physical activity, and best of all, have fun! Each quarter, we have a different theme, such as preparing for employment, kitchen skills, living a healthy lifestyle, and more!
Each quarter’s sessions then culminate with a celebratory event for adults to gather and have fun!
Our services and supports are rooted in our organization’s Six Pillars:
We understand that there can be barriers to attending in-person services, which is why we also offer virtual options for adults with Down syndrome! Each quarter, we host Virtual Social Groups that focus on providing a structured environment for adults to socialize, learn, and have fun! Visit our events page to sign up!
The Adult Continuing Education (ACE) program is our very own specialized education day program provided for adults with Down syndrome, aiming to maximize independence and promote productive community participation. Educational opportunities are based around our six Pillars of Programming: Daily Living, Communication and Social Skills, Community Engagement, Health, Wellness, and Safety, Self-Advocacy, and Vocational Development.
We understand that each adult is unique and looking for their own experience from the ACE program. We have developed service options to meet your needs. All enrollment options receive access to the specialized programming, social networking activities, community engagement opportunities, and guest presentations as part of ACE’s unique schedule. Fill out our contact form below to request an appointment to discuss the ACE enrollment options as related to the needs of your adult participant.
ACE operates Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 3:30pm. Enrollment is available for full-time or part-time. Options are limited based on current enrollment. Self-advocates enroll for a minimum of a full quarter (3 months).
Learn more about our Adult Continuing Education Program.
If you are interested in signing up, the first step is getting connected with us!
Down Syndrome Innovations offers interdisciplinary, family-centered therapeutic services to promote long-term success for teens with Down syndrome.
The Pathways team includes an occupational therapist (OT), a speech-language pathologist (SLP), and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). The therapy team works by bringing together their unique, yet complementary, perspectives to help support skill acquisition across the home and community. Our team utilizes the Down Syndrome Innovations’ Lifespan Framework to guide goals and interventions across services.
Some services are designed for coaching caregivers and others are designed for direct intervention for your teen with Down syndrome. Pathways therapy services may take place on our Lifelong Learning Campus in Mission, KS or through teletherapy.
Learn more about Pathways Therapies
If you are interested in learning more or signing up, the first step is to get in touch with us!
Down Syndrome Innovations provides essential, vetted resources to adult self-advocates, and parents and caregivers of adults with Down syndrome.
Adult Down Syndrome Clinic at University of Kansas Medical Center supports the medical needs of individuals with Down Syndrome within adulthood. The Adults with Down Syndrome Specialty Clinic can serve as a medical home where you can establish an ongoing relationship with a personal health care provider to provide comprehensive, accessible and continuous care.
The Down Syndrome and Dementia Questionnaire is a tool which will assist families and caregivers in acquiring information on daily functioning skills for a person with Down syndrome. The questionnaire is useful for taking data across a number of years and date collected can be shared with medical professionals should a decline in functioning occur. We recommend families begin taking baseline data at age 30 and keep the documents in an accessible place for various family members to review and refer to over the years. You may wish to consult your primary care physician or neurologist before using the questionnaire as they may have additional advice or measurement tools they recommend
The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) provides us with this valuable resource on Aging and Down Syndrome. Adults with Down syndrome, along with their families and caregivers, need accurate information and education about what to anticipate as a part of growing older, so they can set the stage for successful aging. The purpose of this booklet is to help with this process. It is intended to be used by various learners: families, professionals, direct caregivers or anyone concerned with the general welfare of someone with Down syndrome.
Check out our upcoming events for adults!
Consider you and your self-advocate’s daily life, the things that occupy your time, and how you engage in the rhythms of life. Do you worry about how to help... READ MORE
FEE: This event is complimentary/free thanks to the generosity of Kelly’s Westport Inn! RSVP Below... READ MORE
Down Syndrome Innovations is pleased to host Steve & Gwendolyn Friedman’s seminar, “March to Independence.” The Friedman’s have compiled an essential reference guide for families with Down syndrome. They... READ MORE
The Transition Academy, Down Syndrome Innovations, and Sherwood Autism Center invite you to the 2023 KC DiversAbility College & Career Fair! This is the city’s only metro wide... READ MORE
Do behavior challenges make it difficult to complete daily routines such as getting ready for school or going to bed? Do you avoid activities or places because you fear... READ MORE
NEW SERVICE! Adults with Down syndrome are invited to join us for personalized workout classes, focusing on building foundational strength and functional skills. Each class is limited to 6... READ MORE
Adults with Down syndrome are invited to join our spring skill-building and social programming that takes place on alternating Tuesday evenings, beginning February 21st! Session topics include: 2/21... READ MORE
These VIRTUAL Social Groups for adults will focus on providing a structured environment for participants to socialize, learn, and have fun together! Sessions will feature the following topics:... READ MORE
Social Engagement is a therapeutic service focuses on providing a supported environment where teens and adults with Down syndrome can learn and practice social skills through specialized instruction from... READ MORE
~Health & Wellness Consultations~ Would you like to talk to a health and wellness professional who understands Down syndrome to develop proactive strategies for incorporating more activity into your... READ MORE
~Employment Consultations~ Is your self-advocate preparing for employment or needing support in their current job? Down Syndrome Innovations has a certified employment support professional to help your family navigate... READ MORE
~Long-Term Planning Consultations~ We are committed to preparing your loved one with Down syndrome for a meaningful, productive, and authentic adult life! This requires future planning for parents and... READ MORE
We are on this journey with you, now and throughout your lifespan. Consider us your lifetime provider on this journey.