Independence Center is based on the premise that each person is unique. Each young person’s strengths, needs, style, personality and coping mechanisms are essential ingredients for program planning. All skills are taught to maximize the individual’s capabilities to work on his/her own and all aspects of the program are personalized to incorporate the adult’s unique needs.
Supportive Group Setting
Learning to be independent is best ‘taught’ by living away from home, in a group setting where the adults gain the benefit of the peer group. Social skills and relationships are part of the everyday group living experience. Staff works with the adults to get the feedback on their ability to live among others
‘Hands-on’ Is the Best Way to Learn
We learn by doing. These concrete learning experiences are most beneficial and replace the classroom learning of previous school years.
The Family Context
Each adult is viewed as part of his or her family system, and this is reflected in the family-oriented support services at the Center. Families are helped to develop a new perception of their adult with learning differences: a competent, capable adult.