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Higher Visions for Education
Higher Visions is continuing education for adults with Down syndrome designed to enrich their independent living and social skills. Higher Visions explores a variety of topics to learn and practice important life skills and concepts in a fun and meaningful way. Our expected outcomes include increased independence and self-esteem, improved social and community involvement. Themes discussed include: safety, good health (physical, emotional and mental) and hygiene practices, decision-making skills, assertiveness, self-advocacy, independence, age appropriate behavior, time management, identification of needs and desires, community access and the development of resources and support systems.

Individuals with DS and other disabilities need to continue learning and practicing social skills throughout their lives and Higher Visions has a demonstrated success on several levels. The program has grown over many years while developing a method and curriculum that really works for adults with Down syndrome. Higher Visions works because we use a variety of interactive techniques; we meet the students "where they are" and address real-life situations and needs. The class focuses on social behavior and appropriate adult interactions.

A unique aspect of the Higher Visions program is our collaborative approach and regular weekly communication with parents and caregivers to continue the classroom learning in the students' real life settings. Through our Parent Meetings we learn the issues and concerns that are most important to address in our classes. We have seen tremendous progress in students' abilities to communicate their needs and develop life skills. The feedback we get from our satisfaction surveys and communications with parents support our belief that Higher Visions is making a positive difference in the lives of our students and their families.

Topics for the modules can include the following although actual topics will be determined by demand and consultation with the individuals and families attending Higher Visions.

Conversation in social settings using speech therapy techniques
Relationships and Sexuality
Safety at Home
"Weight Watchers" group
Developing and maintaining friendships and other relationships
Assertiveness training
Creativity and Self-Expression
Feeling Identification, appropriate expression and anger management
Personal safety in the community
Awareness of financial needs and budgeting
Employment readiness and job performance skills
Service to the community
Leadership Development

Another important goal of our program is to increase opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome to interact and participate in the broader community with the objective of increasing awareness of the abilities and contributions individuals with Down syndrome can make in society.

University of Denver
Sie Complex East
2201 South Gaylord Street
Room 2115
Denver, CO 80208
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Registration Information:
Online Registration for Returning Students
You must be registered to attend class. The cost of the Higher Visions class is $250 / quarter. To register please contact Mary Ann by calling 303.797.1699 or emailing maryannb@rmdsa.org

Registration and Class Documents:
Higher Visions New Student application
Higher Visions Returning Student application
Scholarship Application
Student Emergency Contact
Building & Parking Directions
Building & Parking Map

2017 Curriculum and Calendar
Quarter Breakdown & Dates

2017 First Quarter Class
Citizenship & Community Participation
Weekly Summary

Higher Visions - Calendar
Class Calendar

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