Young Adult (ages 18-20)


The DSA of Delaware’s Outreach Coordinators offer support and resources to families of children with Down syndrome that are moving or have moved into Delaware and the region.

Susan Blessington

Susan Blessington
Outreach Coordinator

Ari Avila

Ari Avila
Spanish Outreach Coordinator


Our team has developed a comprehensive checklist that helps assist your family in navigating medical, recreation, social needs and more. This checklist lists area programs and resources you may be unaware of and want to explore further. We encourage you to review the list and contact us with questions. View the Checklist.

Teen/Adult Down Syndrome Clinic

The Christiana Care Teen & Adult Down Syndrome Clinic at the Rocco A. Abessinio Family Wilmington Health Center was co-founded by the now retired Dr. Lou Bartoshesky and runs the 2nd and 3rd Monday of every month. The clinic is not meant to be a primary care clinic but offers a comprehensive, interdisciplinary team to address the specific needs of teens and adults with Down Syndrome.

Transitions and Post-Secondary Programs

  • Life After High School
  • 10 Ways to Make a Smooth Transition to Adulthood
  • Career and Life Studies Certificate – University of Delaware. The CLSC program is a two-year, non-residential, certificate program for students with intellectual disabilities that provides academic, career/technical and independent living instruction in preparation for gainful employment. CLSC students attend classes, participate in internships and work experiences, and engage in many campus activities.  Up to fifteen students are admitted each academic year.
  • Think College – Think College is designed to share what is currently going on, provide resources and strategies, let you know about training events, and give you ways to talk to others. The information is for transition aged students as well as adults attending or planning for college. It provides resources and tools for students, families, and professionals.
  • Adults with Down Syndrome
  • Journey to Life After High School– This guidebook was created by and is a road map for parents of children with special needs.
  • Employment First (newsletter article)

Teen/Adult Dances

Every year, the Down Syndrome Association of DE hosts 3 Teen/Adult Dances for individuals with Down syndrome ages 14+. Check out our Events Calendar for more details!

Teen/Adult Summer Day Trips

Every summer, teens and adults with Down syndrome ages 14+ are invited on our Teen/Adult Day Trips to places like Main Event, Lefty’s Alley & Eats, Blue Rocks game, movie nights, mini golf, and more! Check out our Events Calendar for more details!