Semi-Independent Living Residences for Adults With Disabilities
Provider: ADULT SKILLS CENTER , THE
The center provides services for people with developmental disabilities in the San Fernando Valley. Services include independent living skills instruction, in-home assistance, prejob guidance and a semi-independent living residences for adults with disabilities. Geographic restrictions apply.
The agency offers a daily, structured, independent living and pre-employment skills training and day activity program for developmentally disabled men and women age 18 and older. People generally remain in the program for 3 to 4 years. The goal is to maximize each participant's ability to live independently through the enhancement of skills which are important for successful independent or semi-independent living and competitive or sheltered workshop employment.
Applicants for the center program must be developmentally disabled people who have moderate to borderline mental retardation, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, autism and/or other related neurological conditions. They must be continent, able to control seizures with medication, able to work both independently and within groups, demonstrate the motivation and potential to become more self-reliant, and need a program of this type.
Participants receive the choice of daily public or private transportation to and from the center or receive transportation funded by the Regional Center.
The program teaches living skills such as money management, community mobility, nutrition, transportation training; maintenance of proper health and hygiene through self-care; social skills; and the planning of enjoyable and productive leisure time pursuits.
The agency offers an in-home support and training service to clients through a community based program which is designed to meet the needs of individuals, couples, small groups or families. Staff provides instruction and support in areas such as parenting, travel and destination training, apartment search and relocation instruction and assistance.
The agency also provides co-operative homes for clients who do not require the supervision provided in group homes and, yet, may not have acquired the skills necessary to live independently. A client may receive up to 40 hours of supportive services and then, individually scheduled hours as needed as the person becomes more independent in this setting.
Center staff periodically meet with Regional Center caseworkers and other involved professionals to share information about clients' progress and to develop realistic post-center plans for them. Participants who complete the program most often progress to employment in the private sector or a sheltered workshop, or into a work-training program. APPLICATION PROCEDURE Most center clients are referred by Regional Centers although referrals are also accepted from family members and other sources. People who wish to refer a potential client should to arrange an intake interview. Staff recommend that a family member and/or Regional Center caseworker accompany the applicant to the interview. The waiting period may vary. FEES/PAYMENT SOURCE Most center clients are funded by Regional Centers. Fees for private pay clients is the same daily rate paid by the state; call for more information.
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