Continuing and Innovative Education: Continuing & Innovative Education presents Informal Classes
Continuing and Innovative Education presents Informal Classes The University of Texas at Austin
Emily Hammons

Your Texas Government for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

What is government? Who runs our state? Why do we need a government? What are our responsibilities as citizens? This class will answer these questions and more using a fun, hands-on approach. We will learn all about Texas government through role playing, reading, writing, and playing games. You will also have an opportunity to meet real people in politics in class and via a trip to the Capital!  Students who perform well in this course will be considered for a potential paid internship with a Texas State legislator.

Students may be dropped off at 6:00 p.m. by the UT Littlefield Café to socialize for 30 minutes with each other and volunteer students from UT.  Students will then participate in an interactive discussion.  Here they can follow along with handouts of class slides and bring in their homework to discuss with their peers. Lastly, students will complete simple but fun projects located in the Biomedical Engineering (BME) building across from the Littlefield Café.  Families can pick up their student by the café at 8:00 pm.


All handouts, homework and supplies are provided in the cost of tuition.

This course is aimed at promoting life-long learning of mature topics for adults with Down syndrome (DS) and similar intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) while providing an opportunity to connect socially with adult peers with and without DS/IDD on the University of Texas campus.  Enrollment requires permission from the instructor to confirm that student has an IDD, as well as participation in a pre-class orientation meeting for student and family member.  Please contact Jon Pierce-Shimomura at (512) 232-4137, for registration details.  Students must be age 18 or older.

Class #: IC15287
Date: Sept. 16-Oct. 21
Day: Tuesday, 6 meetings
Time: 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM
Location: Biomedical Engineering Building, Room 2.110 (click for map)
Price: $120.00
Class limit: 13
Current enrollment: 11
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