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Successful, Talented, Adults Reaching Skyward (STARS)

STARS offers adults with developmental disabilities a unique opportunity to encourage self-esteem and self-respect while learning valuable life and social skills. This weekly co-ed program offers a venue where individuals can make new friends and discover new interests. Participants have the opportunity to practice these skills in a fun, safe environment. Parent/guardian involvement and support is key to the success of these individuals as well as the program.                                 

Beginning January 2, 2019 the STARS program has transitioned to Easterseals Southwest Florida who for over 65 years has been serving those in our community with developmental disabilities.  Easterseals uses their expertise to administer the groups, identify instructors, and coordinate all events and outings.  To ensure a seamless transition for participants and their families, JFCS has offered space for the STARS program at the Gloria & Louis Flanzer Campus, 1753 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota.  To enroll, please contact Don Herndon, Easterseals Southwest Florida dherndon@easterseals-swfl.org or (941) 355-7637.

“My daughter needed the socialization and life skills training and I needed the support group so I could talk to other parents struggling with similar challenges.”

  • Cathy, STARS Program Parent