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Independent Skills

People with disabilities sometimes need to develop the necessary skills to live independently. We offer training in such areas as money management, job readiness, and personal resource management.
NWGA Center for Independent Living offers independent living skills training to people of all ages with all types of disabilities. We also offer IL community courses to people with disabilities, their families, friends and caregivers, and to people who work with or care about people with disabilities. Group trainings or courses can also be arranged. Please call us if you would like more information or to schedule training.

IL Skills Training:

​AVAILABLE TO: People with disabilities who are consumers of NWGA CIL.

Mentors and instructors:

NWGA CIL Peer Mentors who are certified peer supporters and graduates of Georgia voices that count advocacy training. All have personal experience with the skills needed to live independently. 

Registration Fees & Deadlines:

Registration is free. Appointments must be scheduled in advance with the NWGA CIL staff

 Skills Training:

Attendant management 

·       To self-direct or not

·       Hiring, training, supervising, and firing an attendant

·       Working as a team with your attendant

·       Safety considerations

 

Getting from Here to There

·       Locating transportation

·       Learning to use public transportation

 

Job Readiness

·       How to look for a job

·       To disclose or not to disclose

·       The ADA and job accommodations

·       How to keep a job

 

Living at Home With a Disability

·       Making your home accessible

·       Managing household tasks

·       Recognizing and handling emergencies

·       Educating others in the home

·       Educating yourself

 

Money Management

·       Budgeting

·       Cash flow

·       Benefits and working

 

Nutrition

·       Food groups

·       Understanding labels

·       Portion control

 

Resource Management

·       Resources available

·       Organizing resources

·       Contacting and working with resources etc.

 

Self-Advocacy and Empowerment

·       Learning to speak up for yourself

Community Courses: 

AVAILABLE TO: People with disabilities who are consumers of NWGA CIL. Courses are also open to their family, friends, caregivers, supporters, and members of the community who work with or serve people with disabilities.

Mentors and instructors:

NWGA CIL Staff or local instructors in the community who have specialized knowledge or certifications in their field.

Community Courses:

Adaptive Yoga

·       Breathing techniques

·       Visualization

·       Relaxation

·       Poses and moves to increase strength, balance, and flexibility

 

Apps for Accessibility

·       Smartphones, tablets

 

Braille Grade I

·       Alphabet, numbers, and punctuation

 

Braille Grade II

·       Contractions

 

Computer Skills I

·       How to get around a computer

 

Computer Skills II

·       Email and internet

 

Dragon NaturallySpeaking (speech-to-text software)

·       Word, Outlook, Internet

JAWS (screen reading software)

·       Word, Outlook, Internet

 

Sign Language

·       ASL

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