Pay it Forward: Lifelong Learning Center gives special needs adults opportunities to grow

web6.jpg
Pay it Forward: Lifelong Learning Center gives special needs adults opportunities to grow (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) The Lifelong Learning Center is a place where young adults with special needs can learn life skills and job skills.

"Regardless of your abilities, your age, we want the opportunity for these people to continue to learn," said Nancy Barton, co-founder of the center.

Nancy and her husband, Mark, started Lifelong Learning when their daughter, Katie, finished school at 22 years old. There weren't a lot of options when it came to places for her to go.

"Why should we have to settle for less? It doesn't matter who you are, you always want to keep learning," Nancy said.

So, the Bartons decided to give Katie and others with special needs some more opportunities to learn and grow.

"Just because you may have a disability doesn't mean that you're not going to continue to progress well into adulthood and lead a meaningful life," said Nancy.

Students come to the center throughout the week for lessons about shopping, cooking, and much more. They also have activities, like bowling, and community outings.

"To help with their social skills and to keep it fresh for them," Mark Barton explained.

And the Lifelong Learning Center isn't just about helping those with special needs. It is giving their parents a break as well.

"It's not about us," Mark said. "It's about the students and it's about the families."

Students also get job training at the Bartons' local business, Commercial Lighting Supply. The center is also housed in the same building as the business.

It runs on donations, and Mountain America Credit Union donated $500 to the center.

If you would like to donate to Lifelong Learning Center or volunteer, visit the center's website.


FOLLOW US ON TWITTER