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What is ACED? 

Adult Continuing Education for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (ACED) offers adults the opportunity to attend non-credit classes in an educational and social environment. The ACED program is designed to teach independent living skills and provide life-enhancing experiences. ACED is offered by the UMKC Institute for Human Development, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, in partnership with Avila University and Graceland University, with funding from the Developmental Disability Services of Jackson County~EITAS. Northland classes are funded by Platte and Clay County Boards for Developmental Disabilities.

New Students
If you have never attended ACED classes, first read the class brochure, register online, and pay fees. Then call the ACED office in which you are enrolling to schedule an interview. ALL interviews must be conducted before the first day of class.

Returning Students
If you have attended ACED classes, return the registration form with your fees to the appropriate campus.

Please refer to the class brochure for fees.

Refund Policy
If you withdraw from class one week before classes begin, a refund will be given. Refunds will be given if a class is cancelled or closed. To withdraw from a class, please call the campus at which you are enrolled.

Attendance Policy
It is your responsibility to come to class and be on time. Tardiness may lead to dismissal.

Call the appropriate ACED office at:

  • Avila University, Graceland University, and ACED Northland – (816) 235-1754
  • UMKC – Nancy (816) 235-5678

Students with speech or hearing impairments can contact UMKC using Relay Missouri, 1-800-735-2466 (voice) or 1-800-735-2966 (TT).

Important Updates
It is important for students, parents and/or service providers to keep up on important class updates.  Please read our current brochure. See link at top of page (“Step 1”).

If classes are cancelled due to inclement weather, a recorded message will be on the voice mail at your campus. Please call after 7 a.m. on the day of the class to confirm the status of your classes. 

You must be at least 16 years of age and a Jackson, Platte, or Clay County resident to participate. Pre-registration is required. Walk-in registrations will not be accepted. Class offerings are on a first-come, first-served basis.  Enrollment is limited.  Please register early. Minimum enrollment is required to offer a class. Don’t forget to send a check or money order, if you are paying by mail.  Your check for payment will be processed the first week classes begin.

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