adult program

A place for adults.

In the 2015-2016 school year, we piloted a new adult program. In our research, we found a lack of services for adults with moderate to severe cognitive delays. Due to their high medical and educational needs, existing programs are not welcoming to these students.

Meet Sam.

In the 2014-2015 school year when we welcomed a new student volunteer, Sam, into the classrooms each Friday morning. Sam was 21 years old at the time. He has very limited mobility and can communicate only by using an augmentative communication device. Despite his physical limitations, Sam was able to lead the class through their daily calendar time. But perhaps the most amazing part of this whole experiment was the interaction between Sam and the Chase’s Place kids. We found that Sam was able to capture our kid’s attention better than anyone. Students that on most days could not sit without assistance longer than 3 or 4 minutes were now sitting and attentive for a full activity. It was as if Sam spoke their language.

With the success of Sam’s volunteerism, we decided to create a new adult enrichment program for young adults like Sam. This program is very unique to Chase’s Place. Currently, it is a half day program and takes place each afternoon five days a week. The current program is language based. Each student is immersed for two hours each day in our intense language curriculum. In addition, the student leads a language activity for students in our day school program. This provides adults, who are no longer eligible for education services through the public school system, the opportunity to continue language and communication development and act as a leader for younger students.

Beginning in the school year 2016-2017 we are expanding this program to include a morning class in addition to our afternoon intensive language program. This session will focus on daily living skills and community training. We would like to allow students to enroll in one or both sessions depending on their personal needs and goals. For additional information and to schedule a tour, please contact us.