The Foundation for Independent Living offers personalized Independent Life Skills Training, Coaching and Support:
The Foundation for Independent Living serves the specific needs of high functioning learning disabled young adults, at least 18 years old, who don’t require the structure of a group home, but still need guidance and supervision to live on their own. Toward the end, program goals aim at providing a residence separate from family, but assuring a level of supervision that will meet all crisis and emergency needs.
The other objectives of the Foundation are providing social opportunities for residents, helping them function in a competitive employment environment and training for later life when direct family support is no longer available. Basic requirements for admission are a diagnosis of a learning disability, a recent psychological evaluation and an assessment of independent living skills. Our program is designed to stress all the elements in a normal routine of life—waking up by one’s self; preparing meals, going to work, making a budget, paying bills and recreational pursuits. In cases where residents still require practice in establishing a normal routine, the program offers individual training.
Daily scheduled trainings include:
Residents meet with staff to complete their weekly budget as well as organize and pay any monthly bills.
Time management training is a key component to our success. Every resident has a schedule, personalized to fit their needs.
Training to enhance pedestrian skills and familiarity within our local community.
Food Shopping/Meal prep
Health and Fitness
Our fleet of vehicles (two- 14 passenger shuttle buses and five- 8 passenger minivans) transports residents to and from work, church, airport, stores, weekend activities, etc.
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Why Your Learning Disabled Young Adult Should Be a Part Of The Foundation for Independent Living Program
- To achieve a lifestyle as close to normal as possible, so your child can take pride in himself or herself.
- To provide your child with the opportunity to reach the highest potential for independence and to feel that security doesn’t mean depending on parents or other adults for daily needs.
- To learn to adjust to other people and get along.
- To feel joy in being accepted by one’s peers, to take pride in self-improvement and in helping one’s friends to learn to share.
- To learn to take responsibility for one’s own actions and decisions—not to make excuses or blame anyone or anything else for mistakes.
- To provide your child with a sense of “family” in the program which eases the transition from parent’s home to apartment living – a “family” with warmth, friendliness, learning and sharing along with a healthy sense if competition in moving through levels of achievement.
- To provide real independent living- not stimulation of the real world. This never can be achieved by living at home because there is no incentive for accepting responsibility.
- To begin the normal progression into adulthood by permitting your child to create a home environment away from parents – not to love them less, but to lessen their emotional dependence on them.
- To assure proper planning for the inevitable – for the time when parents will no longer be here to guard their child or control his or her life – and to achieve peace of mind by knowing you have done something responsible and far-sighted for your child by giving him or her the opportunity to learn, grow and have inner security.