Teen & Adult Programs (14+ Years)
Aging With Down Syndrome
Caregivers of individuals with Down syndrome over the age of 30 are invited to this support group sponsored by DSAWM and Alzheimer’s Association. Participants share experiences and discuss the process of caring for loved ones growing older with Down syndrome. Visit the DSAWM calendar to find the next meeting.
Buddy Up Tennis
Buddy Up is a weekly tennis program that teaches children and teens with Down syndrome the game of tennis while supporting healthy activity and motor function. Athletes aged 5 and older work with professional coaches and one-on-one Buddies. To learn more about Buddy Up Tennis, visit the Buddy Up website. Visit the DSAWM calendar for upcoming sessions.
Teens and adults with Down syndrome aged 16 and older learn culinary terminology, cooking methods, measurement, and kitchen safety while crafting a delicious, healthy, gluten-free meal. Cooking Capers meets twice a month during the school year. Visit the DSAWM calendar for upcoming classes.
iCan Bike Camp
Every other summer, DSAWM hosts a week-long iCan Bike Camp where children with disabilities ages 8 and older can learn to ride a typical two-wheeled bicycle using proven, research-based methods. The next iCan Bike Camp will be held in 2022.
In this summer running program, teens and adults with Down syndrome aged 14 and older train for a 5K race by following individualized training plans based on the Couch to 5K program. Visit the DSAWM calendar for more details.
Shape Up is a health and fitness program for people with Down syndrome aged 14 and older. The weekly class consists of 45 minutes of nutrition instruction and 45 minutes of aerobic exercise. Visit the DSAWM calendar to view scheduled classes.
Skill Building Series
The Skill Building Series teaches life skills such as grocery shopping, resume preparation, public speaking, and navigating the city to foster independence for teens and adults with Down syndrome. Visit the DSAWM calendar for current offerings.
Water Ski Clinic
DSAWM hosts an Adaptive Water Ski Clinic in partnership with Kentwood Parks and Recreation every summer that focuses on sitting and standing skiing. The clinic is held on Reeds Lake every July.