The LIFT (Learning Independence for Tomorrow) program prepares residents with the life skills they need to live independent and productive lives as adults. LIFT is specifically designed for individuals with learning disabilities, mild intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and students whose ability to live independently is in question.
LIFT covers three critical domains of adult living in the 21st century – daily living skills, self-determination and interpersonal skills, and employment skills.
- Daily Living Skills – Teaches how to manage personal finances (including using credit cards, check cards, etc.), household management, personal needs, family responsibilities, food preparation, citizenship responsibility and leisure activities
- Self Determination and Interpersonal Skills – Helps develop self-awareness, self-confidence, socially responsible behavior, good interpersonal skills, independence, decision-making and good communication skills.
- Employment Skills – Opening the door to employment possibilities and choices in the 21st century, by teaching appropriate work habits, how to seek and maintain employment, physical/manual skills, and specific job competencies.
LIFT also includes three types of field-tested assessment instruments – competency rating scale, knowledge battery, and performance battery, with knowledge assessments that link to specific objectives and lesson plans that address the individual resident’s learning needs. The assessment instruments are designed to:
- Establish present levels of resident competency
- Determine individualized goals and objectives
- Guide program planning and instructional content
- Measure resident progress toward instructional goals
LIFT is based on a curriculum developed by the Council for Exceptional Children which is backed by over 30 years of research and experience. We are confident LIFT will help the residents learn the life skills they need to transition from residential living into independent living and the workforce.