Youth Development

Independent Living Skill Development

It’s important for teams to consider the skills that student’s need to learn in order to live independently and create programming to support skill acquisition.

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What is Independent Living Skill Development?

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Students need to learn skills to manage everyday responsibilities for life after high school including:

  • Having good health and hygiene
  • Being able to manage money and pay bills
  • Managing time to maintain a schedule
  • Being safe and independent
  • Accessing and maintaining housing
  • Accessing needed supports and resources
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Connecting the Dots: Housing Services for Independent Living

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How can adults support independent living skills development

Instruction is critical to develop and improve skills for independent living.

  • Independence with making routine choices
  • Food Prep and cooking skills
  • Home maintenance skills
  • Purchasing skills
  • Functional life skills
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How Can Independent Living Skills Help Students?

Students can learn skills to promote independence in a variety of areas

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Learn how to obtain and maintain a safe place to live.

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Personal Care

Learn how and when to schedule appointments to maintain good health, hygiene, and wellness.

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Money and Budgeting

Learn how to access money from a bank, save money, and track spending to afford both the basics and reach long term financial goals.

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Learn how to keep needed items in stock, how to find the best deals, and how to live within a budget.

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The PA Community on Transition offers resources on a variety of topics, all focused on improving outcomes for students with disabilities.

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Learn about how the Life Course tools can be used to plan for the future independence.



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Promoting Independent Living While Still in School

Check out this archived training to learn more about ways to promote independent living skills!