Life Skills Program at DAWN


Life Skills Program at DAWN

 

DAWN Center for Independent Living is offering is a 72-hour interactive comprehensive life skills program called Skills for Independent Living (SkIL), available to eligible teens and young adults with disabilities residing in Morris, Sussex, and Warren counties. Thanks to support from the United Way of Northern New Jersey, DAWN will provide a 2014 summer cycle of the program three days a week, from Now through August 28 from 1:00pm to 4:00 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in Budd Lake, NJ.
SkIL covers themes including “Who fired the maid?” (Keeping a Clean, Neat Home), “Making contact” (Communicating with Others), “Money isn’t funny!” (Managing Money), “Teach me something I DON’T know” (Options for Continuing Education, Vocational Training, and Employment), “Some of the finer things in life” (Exploring the Creative Arts), and more. The program provides inherently social, interactive learning experiences led by DAWN’s Independent Living Transition Specialist, Pamela Whiteman, attended by a SkIL assistant. Sessions incorporate classroom-style instruction, hands-on learning activities, trips into the community, visits from special guest speakers, and technology-based learning opportunities. Each student will receive a curriculum binder filled with information, resources, and materials to keep and continue to use after SkIL ends. The curriculum will conclude with a celebration honoring participants with a Certificate of Participation.< br /> Like all of DAWN’s programs and services, SkIL will follow the Independent Living Philosophy, which states that people with disabilities should have the same civil rights, choices, and control as do people without disabilities.
Pre-Registration forms must be submitted to DAWN by all interested candidates, and do not guarantee enrollment. These forms, and additional information about SkIL, can be obtained by contacting Pamela Whiteman at 973-625-1940 ext. 214 or pwhiteman@dawncil.org. More information about DAWN is available on the organization’s website at www.dawncil.org.

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