Adult Development Center

The goal of the Adult Development Center program is to offer a variety of opportunities, which aim at increasing the level of independence, as well as improve the overall “quality of life” for those we serve.

The ADC Program works to the benefit of each program participant by providing program choice, improved quality of life, community integration, freedom and choice of activity. Each participant has the opportunity to participate and interact in age-appropriate activities which will occur in natural environments. The program is designed to focus on providing a functional curriculum through innovative programming that includes:


  • A focus on the development and maintenance of functional skills required for community integration, work training and self-care. Consumers will typically be in the community 10-14 hours per week.
  • Sustained support and direction in a 1:4 ratio so each individual has the best opportunity to attain their desired maximum level of independence.
  • Enhancing each person’s own interests and individual potential in all areas of their lives.
  • Providing equal access to community environments and integrated employment services.


The ADC program is designed to assist consumers in making age‑appropriate choices in selecting recreational and leisure activities in the community, with the goal of developing natural relationships for support; i.e. exercise classes, library visits, bowling, museums and galleries, and art classes, as well as seasonal and other activities that meet other interests and preferences.


The ADC program plans to offer up to 100 full-time openings for consumers where they will attend five-days-per-week. The ADC program requires a 1:4 ratio (one program instructor to four consumers). During community activities, the staff-to-consumer ratio required is 1:4 (one program instructor to four consumers). However, if needed, the ratio could be 1:3 to ensure safety and adequate supervision.


We Couldn’t Do it Without You!

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC) is deeply grateful for the dedicated and generous supporters who allow us to provide quality programs that benefit adults with developmental disabilities. There are many ways to support SMSC to help us ensure that we can keep our doors open for years to come.

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Other Programs
& Specializations

Activity Center

Activity Center programs focus on the development and maintenance of the functional skills required for self-advocacy, community integration and employment.

Behavior Modification

The purpose of this program — which is offered on a consumer-to-staff ratio of 1:3 — is to increase consumers’ level of independence, and decrease their level of behaviors, while they are involved in work and other meaningful activities.

Senior Program

This program is open to those aged 50 and over. Our primary focus is the promotion of an environment that is conducive to the discovery of recreational alternatives, the improvement of an individual’s leisure skills, and enhancement of the retirement experience for our senior population.

Supported Employment

Supported Employment services are aimed at finding competitive work in a community integrated work setting for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities who need ongoing support services to learn and perform the work.

Adaptive Computer Training

This innovative program trains adults with developmental disabilities to learn basic computer skills using adaptive technology equipment that meets each student’s individual need.

Aquatics Program

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center Aquatics Program offers quality classes, year-round, to the general public and to our SMSC students. Swimming is an enjoyable social and/or recreational experience that also provides a broad spectrum of health benefits.

Culinary Arts Training

These courses qualify students to prepare and serve daily meals. SMSC’s goal is to teach skills that will help students find employment opportunities in the food service industry.

Employment Services

SMSC’s Employment Services Program is a community-based program that serves adults with developmental disabilities who are in the process of acquiring vocational skills, and generally need support and direction in obtaining and retaining employment.


Developing communication skills is important. At SMSC a licensed speech/language pathologist assesses individual speech and language abilities and provides instruction and activities in small group settings.

Organic Garden

Our two-acre organic garden site includes a flourishing natural habitat; complete with ADA approved meandering pathways, contemplative spaces and opportunities to commune with nature. In addition, our gardens serve as a reality-based work training environment.

Sophie's Gallery

In the 1970s, SMSC expanded its curriculum to offer its first art classes. Many students who had not been able to express themselves through traditional means were sharing their once hidden feelings through vibrant, original works of art on canvas, wood, glass and other media.