Independent Living Skills

Through self-awareness, participants will learn skills to lead a more independent, self-directed and personally fulfilling life. To enhance skills in areas of household management, personal needs family responsibilities, food preparation, citizenship responsibilities and leisure activities. Participants w ill develop mechanism for managing everyday situations that are a direct result of having a disability and ways to build a positive self-image. Class role play will be done on certain topics to reinforce these concepts.

CURRICULUM – Classroom C will be used as the mock apartment


  • Basic communication skills
  • Demonstrate social etiquette
  • Listening and Responding skills
  • Communicating in Emergency situations
  • Independence
  • Street smarts
  • Budgeting/Banking
  • Grocery Shopping

Working with attendants identifying personal interest

  • Defining roles and responsibilities
  • Identifying your comfort level
  • Defining your needs and interests
  • Building a relationship
  • Negotiation and Compromise
  • Handling Emergencies
  • Reasons, Protocol, and instruction on dismissal of an attendant

Managing a Living environment

  • Cleaning and setting a table
  • Folding towels
  • Sorting laundry
  • Washing laundry
  • Putting laundry away
  • Using Basic Tools and Appliances (examples below)
  • Microwaving food
  • Ironing
  • Blender
  • Oven

Personal care

  • Hair car
  • Adaptive devices
  • Personal hygiene-washing
  • Hand washing
  • Tooth Brushing
  • Basic first Aid
  • Toileting
  • Privacy

Telephone Skills

  • Telephone basics
  • Telephone services
  • Advanced phone skills
  • Using a directory
  • Using a cell phone
  • Talking on the Telephone