Teen & YA Education Program

Started in 2018 as an offshoot of our summer camp, we are now expanding opportunities for teens to develop social and independent learning skills, leading to inclusion and a higher quality of life for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Program Information

The vision of Dreams with Wings is to ensure that children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism can be fully included in the community, achieve personal success, and enjoy a meaningful day! Our summer camp program has provided many of these opportunities for children and teens for the past 18 years. Over the last several years, camp surveys from families have indicated a desire for additional programs throughout the year.

Dreams with Wings is providing opportunities for social inclusion, participation in wellness programs, acquisition of independent living skills, and making new friends. Programs will be for individuals who are 13-21 years of age. Each session is tailored to fit the interests and ability levels of our participants, but generally could include games, art projects, light cooking/food preparation, outside activities and/or community explorations. These experiences are used to practice various social and safety skills with our participants, again, at their need and ability level.

Current Programs

Social Group (B.I.G. D.R.E.A.M.S.)

Led by clinicians in the Department of Behavior and Learning. These sessions include both direct and indirect learning of social skills/interactions while pursuing participants’ interests and exploring new activities and experiences.

For more information on the Social Group (B.I.G. D.R.E.A.M.S.), please contact Julie Robinson, PhD, at 859-312-7120 or email jrobinson@dreamswithwings.org.


Enrichment Group (Flying Solo)

Led by the Teen Educational Coordinator. Programming is geared towards expanding opportunities for teens to develop social and independent learning skills, leading to inclusion and a higher quality of life for participants.

For more information on the Enrichment Group (Flying Solo), please contact Heather Sauer, at 614-353-9842 or email hsauer@dreamswithwings.org.


*Classes generally meet on alternate weeks so that Dreamers who would like to attend BOTH groups are able to do so!

Costs and Funding
The cost is $10 per session for all programs unless otherwise noted on Program Schedule. There 3 ways to fund the class:


1. Person-pay (via debit/credit card, cash or check), that is reimbursed by some private insurance companies (check with your provider);


2. The Michele P Waiver (as respite);


3. Program Scholarships (F.E.A.T. and Kosair generously award some partial and full scholarships for individuals to attend our programs). See the Financial Policy and Scholarship Request forms for more information.


Virtual Hangouts

Dreams With Wings Teen & YA Programming is offered twice weekly to keep us connected while staying safe at home.  Events are posted weekly on our Social Media pages and contact Heather Sauer (hsauer@dreamswithwings.org) to be added to our email distribution list and to obtain the Zoom video invitation and details to attend.

Wednesday 10/21 (In-Person 10 Attendee Limit)

5:00 - 5:30 Sugar Skull Art
5:00 - 5:30 Yoga with Brittani Dodge

Thursday 10/15(In-Person 10 Attendee Limit)
4:30 - 5:00 Drum Circle with Joan Brannon
5:00 - 5:30 Halloween Science

5:30 - 6:00 Yoga with Brittani Dodge

6:00 - 6:30 Outdoor Jam Session  with Anthony Tarullo & Leigh Ann Yost


Summer Camp was a virtual success!  Thank you to the following for their generous grants!  Because of you we had supplies, counselors and programming available to provide some fun for children and teens this summer!

Jacob Koch Foundation


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Contact Us!

1579 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, Ky 40205

Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-4pm

502-459-4647  ADMIN Office

2106 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, Ky 40205

Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-4pm

502-238-3400  DAY Program