Creating a new and comfortable room that’s spacious, ProAct’s ADS program in Eagan recently expanded its capacity to accommodate more participants.

“Overall it’s very positive,” said ADS Coordinator Doug Cowles. “It’s always nice to grow and gives us more options.” People have greater choices for outings each day with additional class offerings.

A similar program in the south metro had closed, prompting the need. There was a surge of new people at the beginning of the year.

About half of the 99 participants are on the work floor (skills training area) and morning and afternoon groups have activities in the community. Classroom capacity increased from 27 to 40.

Around 80 percent of ADS participants have a brain injury while others are diagnosed with a developmental disability, mental illness or autism, Cowles explains.

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