Going from living at home with parents or guardians to living independently is a monumental step for all of us. For many of us, it is a time of great excitement as we look forward to new life experiences of our own making. But as with all new experiences, it can also feel a little daunting. Most of us wonder at one point or another, “Do I have everything in place to be successful on my own?”
For many young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), that uncertainty can be compounded by concerns and challenges surrounding the development of basic skills crucial to an independent life. To address some of these common concerns, The Center’s Behavioral Services Department launched a new TransitionsCurriculum Program (TCP) on July 5th.
While The Center has long offered counseling and therapy services to guide individuals through life’s stages, the TCP is designed specifically to address the unique issues and situations encountered by young adults—particularly young adults with I/DD—in their journey toward independence.
“The program helps individuals live independently by giving them the opportunity to learn about real experiences, with peers, in a supported environment,” says Rebecca Kern, The Center’s Director of Behavioral Services. “Our objective is to instill our participants with a greater sense of confidence, self-reliance, and responsibility.”
Topics included in the TCP range from managing personal finances and resolving interpersonal conflicts to knowing about nutritional needs and arranging for transportation. It is delivered at The Center in a classroom-style setting with opportunities to watch demonstrations, discuss, and ask questions.
The TCP currently includes four units, each of which runs for ten months on a perpetual basis. Individuals may start at the beginning of any unit topic. The optional program is offered to individuals in the community with I/DD regardless of their current residential status. For more information, please visit our Transitions Curriculum Program web page.