Recent high school graduates aren't the only people who aspire to attend college – persons with developmental disabilities are just as excited about living and working independently in the community. In 1991, a College Experience for Adults with Developmental Disabilities (CEADD) was created to provide educational experiences beyond the traditional schooling – giving these students a fun but challenging learning environment where they can grow academically and socially.
The Clay County Developmental Disabilities Resource Board, Platte County Board of Services for the Developmentally Disabled, and the ARC of Clay and Platte Counties fund and promote CEADD to engage Northland community students.
CEADD offers courses designed to educate and entertain, as well as build self-esteem and practical skills. Students can get creative with art, music and theater, enjoy outdoor activities and learn important life skills like reading, basic computers and survival. All the courses are aimed at promoting independent living and positive interactions for students who live, work, and play in the community.
The program runs for six consecutive Saturdays in the spring and fall and a summer session of several one day field trips is also offered.
CEADD courses are non-credit and designed for persons with developmental disabilities. The classroom is set up to accommodate almost any student, with wheelchair access, adaptive educational materials, interpreters and qualified instructors.
Students are involved with CEADD from the beginning, choosing their own courses each semester from a variety of offerings based on needs and interests. Social skills are emphasized both in and out of the classroom, and students have the opportunity to create new friendships with others.
New students who wish to participate in the CEADD program will need to complete a short interview with the program coordinator, Betsy Keleher. To schedule an interview, call 816.604.3043.
Returning students may print off and complete the class registration form and return it with payment.