There are many skills that we learn along the way that help us have a more independent life and maintain that independence once we reach our goals. One of the ways the Center for Accessible Living helps people with disabilities to live independently is through Independent Living Skills instruction.
Independent living skills are as basic as learning to take responsibility, making good decisions and learning how to solve problems. The teaching of these skills builds self-confidence and leads to independent thinking.
Classes or one-on-one sessions help consumers learn basic skills to achieve self-reliance for a more independent lifestyle. Topics include:
- Goal setting
- Budgeting / Credit counseling
- Basic banking skills
- Communication skills
- Assertiveness skills
- Mobility / Public transportation
- Personal safety
- Time management
- Study skills
- Education opportunities
- Referrals to other resources
Independent living means having the right and chance to make decisions. It involves the right to have control over and responsibility for one’s own life.