Transition to adulthood involves learning independence, employment, and self-advocacy skills. VDSA offers a series of programming to help youth with Down syndrome build these transition skills.
The Junior Volunteer Academy is for teens to learn skills important for future employment. Teens participate in a variety of volunteer experiences, make new friends, and give back to their community.
The Transition Boot camp offers sessions for parents and youth ages 13 to 21. The teen class is designed using the I’m Determined curriculum to practice self-determination skills all in a fun learning environment!
Throughout the year, VDSA offers other educationally enriching classes for youth. Recently, we partnered with Longwood University – Speech, Hearing and Learning Services to offer Teen Talk, a fun communication class led by SLP grad students.