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Casa de Amma is a unique apartment community fostering growth and independence in young adults with special needs. Located in San Juan Capistrano, California and licensed by the State of California - staffed 24/7 - the main objective is for increased development of independent living skills and social involvement with others.
For more information, please visit their website or contact Andrea Erickson, Executive Director at (949) 496-9001.
Independence Center, located in Los Angeles, California, is a transitional residential program for young adults (18-30) with learning disabilities. Program highlights include training in independent living, social and vocational skills, counseling, and more. For more information, call (310) 202-7102.
Taft College: Transition to Independent Living Program is a 22-month program for individuals with developmental disabilities. Located on the Taft Community College Campus in California, this program allows those 18 years of age or older to move into a residence hall so that they can begin independent living skills training. The skills training areas include meal preparation, money management, shopping, housekeeping, appliance use, safety, communication, transportation, personal care and interpersonal relationships. There is a rental fee that will cover all meals and utilities. Some eligibility requirements apply. For more information, visit the informational web page or call the college at (661) 763-7700.
Cloister Creek Educational Center, located in Conyers, Georgia, is a residential program for Learning Disabilities, Language Disorders and A.D.D. Students 14-28 years old. Cloister Creek offers a continuance of instruction in the academics, social and independent living skills as well as pre-vocational skills. For more information, call (770) 483-0748.
Jacob's Village, located in Evansville, Indiana, is a residential community that supports adults with Functional Developmental Disabilities in their pursuit of developing life skills, interests and maximum independence. They offer a comprehensive program of residential, vocational, recreational, enrichment and social support services in an environment that fosters lifelong learning, self-sufficiency and dynamic community. To learn more, call (812) 963-5198.
Opportunity Village, a non-profit organization based in Clear Lake, Iowa, serves people with a wide variety of disabilities. With a focus on "person-centered" planning, the Village offers residential services, including community living, in-home support in private homes and support in independent living. They also offer vocational services to help an individual identify his or her job interests, assess skills, learn new jobs and find meaningful work. For more information, call (641) 357-5277 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
STRIVE a program of PSL Services, offers STRIVE U a post-secondary educational and training program for young adults with developmental disabilities aimed at enabling its graduates to live and work as full community members with maximum independence. They offer four program areas, Community Living, living in an apartment with a roommate; Employment, learning valuable job skills through paid work experiences; Post-Secondary Education, a certificate program with USM; and finally Transition, from STRIVE U into the community. To learn more, contact STRIVE at (207) 774-6278 ext. 210.
Hope House a program of Cotting School, is a private transitional residential program that supports up to eight young adults in their quest to live independently despite learning or physical challenges. A structured curriculum and a supportive living environment provide opportunities to further develop readiness for vocational, social, and educational endeavors. Personalized services and programs are available to each resident, including: case management, individualized transition planning, community activities, academic/educational supports, vocational supports, money management training, and much more! For more information, visit the Hope House website or call (781) 862-7323 ext. 170.
Toward Independent Living and Learning (TILL) is a private, not-for-profit human service agency serving Massachusetts and New Hampshire residents. TILL provides a wide range of services to individuals with varying disabilities with focus on developmental disabilities. They offer residential, support, and vocational services that will ultimately lead to a higher level of independence. Residential models include
community residences, staffed apartments, and group home residences. Each living option offers a maximum level of independence. Support services include recreation, estate-planning assistance, in-home training, and clinical consultation among others. Vocational services include a day habilitation program as well as various business settings that allow participants to learn various vocational skills. For more information, visit their website or call (781) 302-4600.
Adult Learning Systems-Lower Michigan Inc. provides residential programs and services to persons with developmental disabilities, mental illness and physical disabilities in an effort to assist these individuals develop skills and attributes necessary to move on to increasingly independent setting. They offer 24-hour residential services, Semi-independent living and respite services all combined with skills training programs. For more information, call (734) 668-7447.
Toward Independent Living and Learning (TILL) is a private, not-for-profit human service agency serving Massachusetts and New Hampshire residents. TILL provides a wide range of services to individuals with varying disabilities with focus on developmental disabilities. They offer residential, support, and vocational services that will ultimately lead to a higher level of independence. Residential models include community residences, staffed apartments, and group home residences. Each living option offers a maximum level of independence. Support services include recreation, estate-planning assistance, in-home training, and clinical consultation among others. Vocational services include a day habilitation program as well as various business settings that allow participants to learn various vocational skills. For more information, visit their website or call (781) 302-4600.
Independent Group Home Living Program, Inc. offers several day habilitation programs in which participants are encouraged to "develop autonomy and self-sufficiency, establish relationships, make a positive contribution to society…and to choose where to live, work and recreate through an individualized service plan." For more information about these programs, call (631) 878-8900.
Carolina Living and Learning Center is an integrated vocational and residential program for adults with autism located in Pittsboro, North Carolina. The CLLC is part of Division TEACCH and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The residential program emphasizes the development of independent skills in a wide variety of areas. Communication skills, social, leisure and vocational skills, self-help, domestic and cooking skills are addressed in activities both at the CLLC and in the community. For more information on admittance and openings, call your local Division TEACCH office.
Living Arrangements for the Developmentally Disabled Inc. (LADD), an organization located in Cincinnati, Ohio, offers several independent living programs for adults with developmental disabilities. Their progressive program begins with participants entering a group home located on one of several LADD campuses. As skills are better developed, individuals then transition to a campus apartment at which less supervision is required. The program concludes with LADD staff assisting individuals in locating an independent living environment off campus within the community. They also offer a community services program which assists individuals already living in a community setting with such items as money management, choices and options, community membership, health, housing and safety. Additional programs include the LIFE Program (LADD Individualized Integration and Family Education), SOAR (Services for the Ownership and Acquisition of Residences) and Community Connections Via Social Connections. For more information about these services, call (513) 861-5233.
United Cerebral Palsy of Cleveland offers a residential skills training program for adults. In the Edendale House, residents learn basic self-care and daily living skills and are encouraged to participate in activities such as work, school, recreation and volunteerism. Their goal is to prepare individuals for living independently. For more information, call (216) 791-8363.
Soltane Communities, in affiliation with Camphill Soltane, is located in Chester County, Pennsylvania. They offer individuals with developmental disabilities, aged 18 to 25 a "long-term, open ended residence in which individual vocational, social and domestic possibilities can unfold." They are also in affiliation with Soltane College, which seeks to foster independence throughout the transition from adolescence to adulthood. For more information, call (866) 469-0933 or e-mail email@example.com.
Association for Independent Living of Dallas is a non-profit organization that provides skills training within a residential setting to young adults (18 - 30 years old) with developmental disabilities. They provide a family living or 'training house' environment, enabling young adults to learn and practice basic living skills, such as cooking and cleaning skills, financial management skills, and time management skills. For more information, call (214) 350-9033.
Marbridge Foundation, located in the Austin area, provides individualized residential care, education and training to adults with various developmental disabilities. Via their Abilities Centered Training (ACT) model, Marbridge ensures that each resident receives the appropriate education, training, and vocational guidance. More specifically, Marbridge offers a residential work training program for those seeking greater independence and a job within the community, a working ranch on which residents tend to daily ranching tasks, and a skilled nursing facility. To learn more about Marbridge, visit their website or call (512) 282-1144.
Oconomowoc Developmental Training Center offers transitional housing and residential skills training programs to children and young adults (18 - 21 years of age) who are dually diagnosed with emotional disturbances and developmental disabilities. For more information, call (888) 638-6564.
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