Mission:

The overall objective of the Life Skills Center is to assist individuals with disabilities and their families to develop general life skills essential for independent living

Background

Children and youth with special healthcare needs (CYHSCN) are medically complex and, therefore, require more healthcare and related services over the life span. In addition, CYHSCN are vulnerable in terms of their dependence on uninterrupted medical care for their health and well-being. A health care plan integrated with active community and family involvement including the school system offers a more comprehensive model of healthcare delivery to this group of children and youth who require more time and resources. The current health care system has evolved around acute medical care for the “normal” population, treating the current symptoms and solving the immediate problem. In general, this system has proven to be effective in prolonging and saving lives and “other components” of daily living within the family and community have not been required. However, in individuals with disabilities or special needs the importance of these “other components” become accentuated and are essential. In these individuals, it is no longer sufficient to just address the medical needs, the role of the family and community support system as well as the school system become perhaps even more important than the medical contribution in terms of achieving optimal quality of life and independent living.

Downloads

  • Fact Sheet - Life Skills Mentorship Program
  • Newsletter – Life Skills Mentorship Program Update
  • Resource Guide - a Desktop of Resources (prezi - a web based presentation tool) with information on Transition, Education, College Assessments, Scholarships, Medical Equipment, etc.