Nine-week ILA experience: Five apartments located in Price Hall, on the VSDB campus, are “leased” on a nine-week rotating basis. Students receive just the right amount of support to take full advantage of this unique learning opportunity.
Apartment living: Each participant resides in one of our fully furnished apartments, including a bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom. A common area is shared with other program participants.
Adult supervision: At all times when apartments are occupied, an adult supervisor is on site in the building and available to provide support and advice.
Instruction tailored to individual needs: In the first week, a pre-assessment is conducted to inform instruction and determine level of support appropriate for each participant.
Before moving into their apartments, students take a class on independent living. They learn about landlords and leases, how to budget, and what supplies and equipment they need to maintain their household. They go shopping to buy cooking and cleaning supplies.
Then, throughout the nine-week program, structured instruction targets skills specific to managing life in an apartment setting, such as menu planning, shopping, cleaning, personal safety, managing finances, and solving problems.
The goal of the program is to help students be as independent as possible. Supports are provided according to student need, as assessed by the classroom teacher and supervisor.
Evaluation: Students are evaluated on level of independence achieved, areas of strength, and areas of needed improvement, which provides valuable information for continued transition planning and individualized support.