Whom we serve:
CT is an supportive employment and independent living program serving participants with mild to moderate Intellectual Disability or Developmental Disability (ID/DD) ages 18-25.
What we teach:
CT teaches the following lifeskills through small group and one-on-one instruction: gaining and maintaining employment, budgeting, community mobility, social skills, cooking, shopping, meal planning, self-care and much more.
Where we teach:
CT is located in an apartment complex that is centrally located with easy access to public transportation, parks, shopping centers, banks and bus line. Instruction will occur in small groups and one-on-one basis, based on each participant’s individual needs. We work collaboratively with community agencies to create a seamless transition from school services to adult services. We also use natural supports as available.
Participants interested in a full day program will spend half the day in the apartment setting, and the remainder of the day in the community at a job site.
If the participant is interested in traditional academic classes, we will support him/her in accessing courses at the local community college.
How do we teach:
Each person receives instruction in a way that is accessible for them. This may occur in small group, individually or both. Scaffolding and gradual release is provided to balance the right amount of support with the right amount of independence. As the participant increases his/her independence, we are in constant communication with the family and other service providers to ensure everyone is comfortable with the amount of support.
Data is collected daily to ensure consistent growth in all areas. Weekly meetings (“Advocate Meetings”) are scheduled with each participant to discuss progress. Quarterly reports are sent home to families to document growth and areas to strengthen. Participants use Google Calendar (and this is “shared” with families) to communicate/track activities. We feel the cornerstone of a successful program is communication with family. Emails and phone calls are always welcome and encouraged.
Through the person-centered process, a vocational specialist will get to know each participant in a unique, individualized way. These activities will identify strengths, interests and support needs. After selecting a potential vocational training site, the participant will learn the skills necessary with support of a job coach. Jobsites are located throughout the community and are tailored to fit the person’s unique skill set. They start working in small groups (3-4 participants per support staff) and can begin job development when ready. Supports will gradually fade as the participant becomes confident and grows into the position. We will work with the participant to find an outside job developer to assist with paid employment. CT works with Vocational Rehabilitation and the Community-Centered Board to create a seamless transition from job experience to paid employment.
Generalizing skills is crucial to our participants’ success, and why not do this in a fun way! Once a month, we will have community-based evening activities selected and planned by the participants. These opportunities apply various skills they have been learning such as: how to ride the city bus to the activity, budgeting for the activity and social skills at the activity. We plan two large activities each year: our annual over-night camping trip and trip to Denver!
In our Spring community access program, Sundowners, participants will plan weekly outings in small groups. These outings could include bike rides, bowling, horseback riding (equine therapy), paint your own pottery, picnics, or laser tag. The opportunities are endless. All trips are designed by the participants in small groups. To help them apply and generalize the skills they’ve learned throughout the year, they will write a bus plan to the activity accessing the local public transit. Participants will budget for the trip and create a safety plan that includes families.
We highly encourage the use of technology to help participants be as independent as they can be. In the era of Smart Technology, it is easier than ever for participants to access information and share with others. This also helps ensure safety. All participants will use tablets to learn bus planning, budgeting, meal planning, scheduling appointments/tracking activities (Google Calendar), on-line portfolios with Snap Tag and much more. Graphic Organizers are available for participants who are visual thinkers and/or have limited reading skills.