Program participants, who come from all over the country, stay at least a year. Our typical length of stay is two or more years. Residents work and/or continue their education while at IC. They participate in on-site recreational activities which include, swimming, tennis, basketball and a fitness center. Residents typically share a one bedroom/one bathroom apartment, learn how to get along with roommates and share responsibilities in their apartment.
We work in three main program areas – Independent Living Skills, Vocational Skills, which includes continuing education, and Social/Social communication skills.
Staff are highly qualified. All have at least a bachelor’s degree; many have advanced degrees. While this is not a group that requires continuous supervision, on-site staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
As a nonprofit, we are able to offer financial aid to offset part of the program costs.
Evening and weekend groups stress socialization and communication, including relationships, self-advocacy and problem solving.
Residents participate in a variety of activities. Swimming, basketball, tennis and physical fitness opportunities are available on-site. Weekend outings include community service, hikes, movies and trips to museums, theme parks and other locations.
Based on information received during the interview and written reports received from others who have worked with the applicant, a 3-day orientation visit may be scheduled, during which the young adult sleeps over for two nights and spends three days involved in program activities.
The visit enables the staff to assess the applicant's skills and allows him or her to get a sense of the program. Those who are considered appropriate - and who want to participate - are accepted into the program.
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