Adult Day Activities

Established in 1989, The Irene Wortham Center Adult Day Activities Program provides individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities a familiar and flexible environment that encourages personal achievement and growth through productivity, academic coursework, exercising independence in daily living skills, socialization and community integration.

"Independence is happiness."

- Susan B. Anthony

Each participant follows an individualized service plan with specific goals to meet his or her needs. Goals include a wide array of programming, including gross and fine motor skills building, object recognition, daily living, health, cause and effect, sensory stimulation and socialization.

In 2011, IWC opened a new 7,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility specifically designed to meet the needs of our adult clients. Our open-concept space provides integration and inclusion to all participants. All areas of the facility are adapted for greater environmental control. Features include automated doors, accessible counters, height-adjusting tables, motion sensor lighting, hands-free plumbing, and mechanical lifts throughout.

Specialized equipment includes pressure-relief recliners, mat tables, sand bags, wedges and bolsters. Medication, treatments and exercise are provided by skilled staff to participants as prescribed. Specialized dietary needs are met through equipment, utensils, food or liquid consistency, assistance and monitoring. Touch screen monitor and switch-activated computers provide opportunities for improving hand-eye coordination, computer literacy, academic work and leisure interests.

The kitchen and laundry room provide opportunities for participants to gain real-life experience with daily living skills. Participants also enjoy breakfast at our facility.

A unique feature is the customized 126 sq. ft. Multi-sensory Environment Room that features stimulation for all of the senses. Aromatherapy, sound-activated lighting, fiber-optic tactile lights, switch-adapted bubble columns, mirrors, and optical projections surround and guide participants through purposeful communication, relaxation and expression.

Our ADA outdoor space includes accessible picnic tables, patio with rocking chairs, and a nice lawn. Participants enjoy outdoor activities and annual family barbeques here. Opportunities for community inclusion include shopping, banking, recycling, volunteering and recreational activities. Participants enjoy bowling, baseball games, movies and seasonal outdoor events. They also participate in volunteer activities such as making decorative collars for pets at a local shelter.

Highly-skilled, professional, direct-care staff maintain certification in medication administration, first-aid, CPR, NCI and behavior management. All levels of incontinence care needs are attended to by direct-care staff.

For more information about the Adult Day Activity Program contact Joanna McDaniel, ADA Coordinator, at 828-768-2607 or

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The Irene Wortham Center employees are amazing people.  They are incredibly caring, patient, and genuine and the friendships that are fostered with the clients are cherished.  Jahni, pictured here with Michael, is a stand out employee in our Adult Day Activity center!  She starts every day by saying good morning to each client and making sure they get their snack.  She especially enjoys seeing how much fun the clients have during karaoke and movie days.  Her favorite thing about working at IWC is educating people about developmental disorders and helping people understand any misconceptions about the population.  Since starting at IWC, Jahni realized how much passion she has for this type of work.