Teen and Adult Activities

The Teen Group is a DSACT group for teens with Down syndrome between the ages of 13-20. The Teen Group meets on the second Friday of each month from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at a local YMCA to build social skills, have fun with friends, and dance. A recreational therapist facilitates the group. Parents are welcome to stay or drop their teen and return. There are also community outings for typical teen activities like swimming, bowling, and going to movies.  If your teen is interested in joining in on the social activities, please email Suzanne Shepherd at suzshepherd@sbcglobal.net to join the group.

Our Adult group is for individuals with Down syndrome age 18 and up. The Adult social group meets monthly to participate in activities like going to a movie, enjoying dinner together or bowling. If you are interested in joining in on the social activities, contact DSACT to be added to the Adult social group invite list.

If you would like to join the private (members only) Facebook page,  click here to join the Teen group or click here to join the Adult group.  You will need to sign in with your Facebook credentials and request to join the group.

In addition, DSACT is proud to offer numerous recreational programs free of charge to our members and siblings.  Take a look below to see what's in store for the 2015 Winter Session.


2015 winter session recreational Programs

Registration is required for any individual to participate in DSACT programs.  To register, click on the Register Now button to the right of the page.

Class: Fitness Boot Camp
Location: Town Lake YMCA (Yoga Room), 1100 West Cesar Chavez, Austin TX 78703
Dates: Saturdays, 1/10 - 3/7
Time: 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Ages: 13+


Class: Performing Arts
Location: Center Stage, 2826 Real St, Austin TX 78722
Dates: Sundays, 1/11 - 3/8
Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Ages: 6 - 21 yrs


Class: Popular Dance
Location: Town Lake YMCA (Yoga Room), 1100 West Cesar Chavez, Austin TX 78703
Dates: Saturdays, 1/10 - 3/7
Time: 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Ages: 13+


Class: Book Club
Location: Barnes & Noble Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd, Ste 158, Austin TX 78759
Dates: Tuesdays, 1/6 - 3/10
Time: 6:30pm - 8:15pm
Ages: 18+


Class: Arc of the Arts
Location(s): 4902 Grover Ave, Austin TX 78756
Dates: Vary
Time: Vary
Ages: 13+

*See the Partner Programs: Arc of the Arts description to the right of the page for more details on scheduling this class.


Class: Warrior Storm
Location One: Town Lake YMCA, 1100 West Cesar Chavez, Austin TX 78703
Time: 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Dates: Sundays, 1/11 - 3/8
Ages: 6+


Location Two: Brushy Creek Community Center, 16318 Great Oaks Drive, Round Rock TX 78681
Time: 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Dates: Sundays, 1/11 - 3/8
Ages: 6+


Class: Intermediate Swim (Lap Pool)
Location: Town Lake YMCA, 1100 West Cesar Chavez, Austin TX 78703
Dates: Saturdays, 1/10 - 3/7
Time: 8:20am - 9:00am
Ages: 6+

Class: Beginner Swim (Instructional Pool)
Location: Town Lake YMCA, 1100 West Cesar Chavez, Austin TX 78703
Dates: Saturdays, 1/10 - 3/7
Time: 9:00am - 9:40am
Ages: 6+

Class: Advanced Swim (Lap Pool)
Location: Town Lake YMCA, 1100 West Cesar Chavez, Austin TX 78703
Dates: Saturdays, 1/10 - 3/7
Time: 9:00am - 9:40am
Ages: 13+


Class: DSACT Track Pack
Location: St. Edwards Track, 3001 South Congress Ave, Austin TX 78704
Dates: Saturdays, 1/10 - 3/7
Time: 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: All Ages


Class: UT Informal Classes
Location: University of Texas, Austin Campus
Dates: Vary
Time: Vary
Ages: 18+

*See the Partner Programs: UT Informal Classes description to the right of the page for more details on registering for the UT Informal classes.


TEEN/ ADULT Social events List

Winter 2015 Session Registration

Registration is required for any individual to participate in DSACT programs. Space is limited so please only register for classes that your family is able to attend regularly.

Partner Programs

Arc of the Arts

We are very pleased to collaborate with The Arc of the Capital Area to offer our members an opportunity to participate in a wonderful fine arts program called, “Arc of the Arts”.

Classes must be arranged with the program director of the Arc of the Arts Studio in advance. Please contact the Program Manager, Ann Wieding at (512) 476-7044 to complete an application and begin the admission process.

NOTE: DSACT registration form must be completed prior to attending the first class.  You can register by clicking on the Register Now button above.

Texas Lassos Run/Walk Club

The Run/Walk Club was initiated in February of 2013 and is run by a group of UT Students, the Texas Lassos. The DSACT running club will introduce less experienced runners to the sport and encourage an active lifestyle for all.

Participants meet weekly in the Spring (check calendar for Fall dates as they change) (Saturday's from 10am - 11am) at the St. Edward’s University track for an hour of warm-up activities, walking and jogging around a track, and a cool down period. Participants should bring their running shoes and water. All ages and experience levels of running are welcome. The program is designed to be progressive as the season moves forward, culminating with DSACT 3.2.1 Fun Run in the Spring.

If you are interested in joining the Run/Walk club, don't forget to register by clicking on the Register Now button above.

UT Informal Classes

Now in it's 6th year, UT's Informal Classes, aimed at Adults with IDDS, is offering another semester of 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.  

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

DSACT has a scholarship for individuals interested in pursuing postsecondary educational opportunities. The application can be found online HERE.