Adult Continuing Education for Persons with Disabilities (ACED)

      • Offers adults the opportunity to attend non-credit classes in an educational and social environment.

      • Is designed to teach independent living skills, provide life-enhancing experiences and foster self-determination.

      • Is offered by the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Institute for Human Development, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Avila University and Blue Springs School District with funding from the Developmental Disability Services of Jackson County-EITAS.

    Step 1 – Read the Brochure

      All classes are held on Saturday mornings.  

      Step 2 – Register Online

      After reading the brochure, you may enroll by clicking on one of the buttons below and selecting your courses. You can pay by credit card or send your check or money order by mail when you register online.

      Mail to:


      P.O. Box 523

      6320 Brookside Plaza

      Kansas City, MO 64113

      You may bring a check or money order the first day of class. Please do not mail or bring cash to campus.

      New Students

      You must be at least 16 years of age and a Jackson County resident to participate. Pre-registration is required. Sign up immediately as classes fill up quickly on a first-come, first-served basis.

      Students new to ACED must be interviewed by ACED staff. You will be contacted for an interview or call the ACED office at 816-235-1754 to schedule an interview.

      Returning Students

      If you have attended ACED before, simply enroll online.

      Refund policy – If you withdraw from classes, credit will be given the following semester. To withdraw from a class, please call ACED at 816-235-1754. No cash refunds are possible.

      Attendance Policy and Certificate of Completion

      It is your responsibility to come to class and be on time. Tardiness may lead to dismissal. We expect each student to attend five out of six class days. Minimum enrollment is required to offer a class. A certificate of completion will be given to students who complete five of the six Saturdays. Special recognition will be given for perfect attendance.


      Parents and staff are not allowed in classes unless they are enrolled in the Ally Program. See the brochure for details of the Ally Program and where it is offered.

      The main goal of ACED it to encourage independence for our students. A parent or staff in the classroom can be disruptive for students and teachers. This extends to all field trips unless the student has physical disabilities. Prior permission MUST be given by the ACED director.


      If classes are cancelled due to inclement weather, you will be notified via robocall to the number you have provided in your enrollment. A recorded message will be on the voice mail on the ACED office number at 816-235-1754 after 8 a.m.


      Robocalls are used to inform students, parents and staff of bad weather, upcoming field trips and special events. Please provide a cell phone number for robocalls. If you are using a landline, it must have a working answering machine.

      Contact Us

      Please call the ACED Program Office at 816-235-1754 if you need assistance.

      • Enrolling in classes
      • Scheduling an interview (for new students only)
      • Have questions as to whether a class will take place if there is inclement weather Students with speech or hearing impairments can contact UMKC using Relay Missouri, 800-735-2466 (voice) or 800-735-2966 (TT).