ACED Celebrates Halloween at UMKC

Prannoy Kiran

The Adult Continuing Education for Persons with Developmental Disabilities program began fall semester classes last week. The program encourages developmentally disabled adults to develop their individual and interpersonal skills in an educational environment, with Saturday morning classes in Haag Hall.

Wendy A. Seelbinder,  ACED program director, leads the non-credit program. Mallikarjun Reddy Kallam, ACED Administrative Assistant, lends a helping hand to students so they can have a positive experience.

Students must meet age and residency requirements: the minimum age is 16 and students must be Jackson County residents. Eligible students pay $6 for each class, and can enroll in three classes for the six-week program. If the student withdraws at least one week before classes begin, credit will be given for the next semester. A certificate of completion is awarded to students who attend five out of six classes. Students who have perfect attendance receive special recognition. The classes have a group of instructors, teaching aides and other volunteers to run the program. Students wore costumes to class for Halloween  to make the day special. A few instructors and volunteers also wore costumes, surprising the students.

The “Bats in the Belfry” class focused on Halloween pumpkin carving. Undavalli Sruthi, instructor for the class, demonstrated the carving as a fine art and craft. The students followed the instructions and carved pumpkins with the help of volunteers. “Deal or No Deal” taught students math and probability skills using casino games like blackjack and other games of chance. The students ventured outside to experience “The Spirits in the Past” with everyone dressed in Halloween costumes.