The Adult Continuing Education (ACE) program offers tutoring for adults with down syndrome that are 18 years and up for 90 minutes one time a week. The tutoring consists of lessons in Reading, Math and Writing. All lessons are individualized to the level of each student. Each tutoring student gets his/her own academic binder with lessons chosen specifically for his/her abilities. This is an ideal one-on-one tutoring situation where the student receives individualized attention. The process is simple. If a student is interested in participating in this program, an application is completed followed by an informal assessment performed by the Director. This information is used to develop the academic lessons.

We are always looking for volunteer tutors. When a tutor is interested in volunteering for this program, an application is completed followed by an orientation completed by the director. Then, a “matching” follows of the student and tutor based on personalities and availability of tutoring times. Please note that all lessons are created by the director. The volunteer only needs to show up and open the student’s binder and the work is ready.

Reaction to this program is outstanding. Real friendships have developed with these tutoring sessions. The tutor and student create a connection and bond that is so pleasing to watch develop. The tutor learns from the student as well as the student learning from the tutor. It is a “win-win” for both! The academics are a plus for our students! The friendships are even better!!

Oralia Lara-Vargas is the director of the ACE program. Oralia is a retired Special Education director and has also taught postsecondary classes at the university level. Anyone interested in participating should contact Oralia directly via email at olara@dsastx.org or call 210-349-6372 for more information.