Interested in Board Service?

Interested in becoming involved? The DSACT Board of Directors is looking for an Adult Services Committee Member.  As the Adult Services Committee Member, you would be in charge of Assembling and distributing information of interest to families of adults with Down syndrome, assesses their needs, provides workshops on relevant topics. If you would like to learn more, please contact DSACT at


Adult Resources


UT's Informal Classes, aimed at Adults with IDDS, offer semester long continued educational opportunities at the University of Texas at Austin for Adults with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities. This program aims to promote affordable life-long learning for adults with intellectual disabilities while providing an opportunity to connect socially with adult peers with and without intellectual disabilities on the University of Texas campus. Courses are offered through UT's informal classes program.  To read more about the UT Informal classes, please visit:

All registration and payment of tuition takes place through UT. Please address all questions to Jon-Pierce Shimomura at (512) 232-4137,


The University of Texas at Austin Speech and Hearing Center provides services to individuals with communication problems and serves as a training site for students in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.  In addition, the Speech and Hearing Center hosts the UT Conversation Club.  To learn more information about the UT Conversation club, call 512-471-3841 or email the course director, Jessica Franco, MD at


DARS offers resources for employment and job coaching.


Think College is a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disability. With a commitment to equity and excellence, Think College supports evidence-based and student centered research and practice by generating and sharing knowledgeguiding institutional changeinforming public policy, and engaging with students, professionals and families.

2-1-1 TEXAS

2-1-1 Texas, a program of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, is committed to helping Texas citizens connect with the services they need.  No matter where you live in Texas, you can dial 2-1-1 or (877) 541-7905 and find more information about resources in your local community.

Recreational Options

UT Conversation Club

The Conversation Club is helpful to adults across a broad range of communication abilities – from non-verbal to verbal. The group meets on Wednesday Mornings 10-noon or Thursday Evenings 6-8pm. To contact the UT Conversation Club, call 512-471-3841

Texas Parent-to-Parent

Texas Parent-to-Parent has a Transition Listserv and an Austin-area Listserv. It’s definitely worth getting on both of these and you’ll stay updated on all kinds of local opportunities.

DSACT Programs

DSACT offers adult social group activities and recreational programs. Just check our website,

"BIG" - Brookwood

There’s a group called “BIG” – Brookwood in Georgetown, that offers vocational opportunities and possibly other options. 

ARC of the Capital Area

ARC of the Capital Area offers day programs (mostly art) and ARCIL offers employment readiness programs.

Local School Districts

Some local school districts, including AISD and RRISD, will usually offer Transition Fairs annually that include a number of exhibitors for adult services/programs. It’s useful to go and get a good sense of what’s out there, you’ll just need to check the districts’ special ed pages on their websites to see when they’re offered. Georgetown ISD has a particularly good special ed parent page on the website, and Eanes ISD has some good resources listed as well, some of which relate to adults.

Local Churches

Some local churches have groups for adults with disabilities; you might want to check with your church.  There’s a very good social program called “Capernaum” in Central Austin that meets weekly for 90 minutes during the school year; I’m not sure what age range for adults it covers or if there are other programs in the area outside Central Austin.


CampCamp in Center Point offer summer camp options for adults. CampCamp also offers respite weekend options during the year occasionally.

Nickerson Law Firm

The Nickerson Law Firm locally runs a number of workshops for parents of individuals with intellectual disabilities, some of which have exhibitors.

McBeth Center - Austin Parks and Recreation

McBeth Center, as part of Austin Parks/Recreation, runs Special Olympics teams open to adults with ID. Dreams of Hope Ranch, Marbridge and Down Home Ranch also offer Special Olympics teams, but I believe you have to live at Marbridge or Down Home Ranch to take part in those teams. Not sure about joining the teams at Dreams of Hope. 



Down Home Ranch is a country place for kids and adults with special needs. The mission of Down Home Ranch is to build a rural, self-reliant community for adults with mental retardation, offering training, housing, recreation, and dignified employment, as well as opportunities for growth in mind, body, and spirit.


Marbridge provides a unique spectrum of residential care, education, and training for adults with various cognitive challenges. Our unique Abilities Centered Training program was designed and developed by Marbridge to serve our residents. The program helps residents set their own goals, make their own choices, and achieve their full potential.


AIM is a small community of active adults with IDD who live independently, with appropriate supports, in a walkable, vibrant area of Central Texas. Inspired by the Mission Project in Kansas, AIM offers apartment living to adults who want to live independently with supports, while offering a close-knit community of peers.

Burleson, TX - (817) 447-2700 or 1-800-299-5161

Down Home Ranch 
Elgin, TX - 1-888-926-2253

Louisville, KY - 1-800-866-0860

Evergreen Life Services
Haughton, LA - (318) 949-5500

LifePath Systems
McKinney, TX - (972) 422-5939

Marbridge: A Whole New Life
Manchaca, TX - (512) 282-1144

Mosiac: Opening Doors to Extraordinary Lives 
Bryan, TX - (979) 823-7622

United Cerebral Palsy of North Texas: Life without limits for people with disabilities 
Dallas, TX Metro Area - (214) 351-2500

Volunteers of America
Fort Worth, TX - (817) 529-7300

Adults Independent and Motivated (AIM)
Austin, TX - (512) 789-1068

Association for Independent Living
Dallas, TX - (214) 351-0798

Autism Treatment Center
Dallas, TX - (972) 644-2076
San Antonio, TX - (210) 590-2107

Brookwood Community
Brookshire, TX - (281) 375-2100

Breckenridge Village of Tyler 
Tyler, TX - (903) 596-8100

Caleb, Inc. 
Arlington, Lubbock, San Antonio, Dallas/Fort Worth, TX - (817) 633-8511

Community Homes for Adults, Inc.
Dallas, TX - (214) 373-8600

Community Options, Inc. 
Austin, Amarillo, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, and San Antonio, TX - (512) 844-2956

Metrocare Services 
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX - (214) 743-1200