Dating is always complicated, but it can get even more perplexing for young adults with multiple disabilities. On Saturday Feb. 16, students in National Louis University’s P.A.C.E. program will perform sketches about their lives, including dating, cooking, school, internships and more in Creative Slam, a fundraising event.
Individual students will also demonstrate their talents, such as singing and playing the guitar, and many students will participate in a dance marathon.
Some students enrolled in the P.A.C.E. (Path to Academics, Community and Employment) are on the autism spectrum, while others have been diagnosed with a range of learning, intellectual or developmental disabilities, executive function disorder or others. Because they are highly motivated and want to fend for themselves as adults, the P.A.C.E. program prepares them with functional academic courses and coaching on employment and independent living skills. Many grads live on their own and enjoy steady employment, and some have even found long-term partners and married.
At Creative Slam, students will apply many skill sets they have been working on all year, such as professional and personal social skills, executive functioning and problem solving.