Transitional & Aging Resources
Resources listed are not endorsed by DSAWM, but are a list of options that are available. If you know of additional West Michigan resources, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Understanding Benefits, Guardianship, and More
Parent/Caregiver Packet: Guardianship, Power of Attorney, and Social Security, compiled by Bonnie Miller of Disability Advocates of Kent County
MiABLE Accounts allow people with disabilities to save for current and future expenses without jeopardizing eligibility for government benefits
Family Care Toolkit, created by the National Down Syndrome Congress as a place to compile important information for a new caregiver who steps in to care for a person with Down syndrome. Physical copies are available at the DSAWM office. Contact us at 616-956-3488 or email@example.com to request a copy.
Transitions in the School System, compiled by Lizabeth Ensing of Forest Hills Transition Center
Ready For Life provides post-secondary educational experiences at Hope College and Calvin College for college-aged individuals diagnosed with cognitive, learning, or social disabilities.
University of Cincinnati Transition and Access Program provides a four-year college experience for individuals with mild to moderate intellectual or developmental disabilities.
Beyond26 helps adults with disabilities over 18 find job and volunteer opportunities in West Michigan.
Day Programs & Activities
Artists Creating Together
Arts in Motion
Compassionate Heart Ministries Day Program
Heritage Homes Social Rec Program
IKUS Community Integrated Skill Building
IKUS R.E.C. Connect
Just Like Home
Pine Rest Day Program
Grand Rapids Housing Commission
Heritage Hill Association
Hope Network Adult Foster Care
Inner City Christian Federation (ICCF)
Low Income Housing Authority
Michigan State Housing Development Authority
OASIS Community of West Michigan
Lakeshore Ride Link connects individuals with disabilities with transportation services in Kent, Ottawa, Allegan, and Muskegon counties
Published by NDSS, the Aging and Down Syndrome: A Health & Well-Being Guidebook provides an overview of the medical and psychosocial needs that are unique to individuals with Down syndrome as they age. Physical copies are available at DSAWM. Please contact us at 616-956-3488 or firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy. Additionally, the Alzheimer’s Disease & Down Syndrome: A Practical Guidebook for Caregivers is a helpful publication available for digital download from the NDSS website.
DSAWM and the Alzheimer’s Association partner to host a monthly support group for parents and caregivers of individuals with Down syndrome over the age of 30. Aging with Down Syndrome 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.
For more information about the programs and services offered by the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Michigan chapter, visit alz.org/gmc or call 800-272-3900.