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The GiGi University program is an innovative and educational program for adults with Down syndrome. Our focus is on strengthening basic academic skills, community outreach, and learning and applying skills for the workforce. The GiGi University program is designed to motivate and train adults with Down syndrome to achieve their highest potential.

Why GiGi U?

Each week at GiGi U, students work toward a higher level of personal achievement and give their “Best Of All”. Find out more!

Daily Schedule

Each day the students work on a variety of skills and activities. This daily agenda keeps our participants on track for success.

Our Blog

What’s going on at GiGi U today? How are our students making an impact on their community? Read all about it here.

Success Stories

Hear firsthand from parents and GiGi U participants on why GiGi U was the right choice for them and what they are up to today! See stories here.

Support Us

GiGi U is provided free of charge, eliminating barriers for adults with Down syndrome to participate. GiGi’s depends on your support to continue our mission of providing all of our programs at no cost to our families.

Ready to get started?

To find out more information about this program, please contact Erin Hickman at 815-654-7529 x212 or ehickman@gigisplayhouse.org.

Core areas of Curriculum:


  • Self-esteem
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Advocacy


  • Fitness
  • Nutrition
  • Safety

Whole Self

  • Communication Skills
  • Special Interests
  • Career Skills

Expectations for Participation:

  • progression toward achievement of goals throughout the program’s involvement
  • completion of homework, assignments, and skills practice
  • parental involvement, attendance at meetings, and support for program activities