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The LIVESS Program
Instructor: Mrs. Cittadino   

The

 

Living

Independently,

Vocational

Enrichment, &

Social

Skills

 

Program


Empowering students to become functioning members of

their community.

Mission
 
The mission of the LIVESS Program is to provide a safe, educational, environment in which participants can strive to develop age appropriate life, vocational, and social skills. We actively foster these skills by providing young adults with quality facilities, programming, support and opportunity.
 
                                         Criteria
 
To qualify for participation in the LIVESS Program, students must be in 11th or 12th grade and either be participating in the NYSAA, or be on an IEP Diploma Track.

               
            Programming
 
The LIVESS Program incorporates everyday living tasks into the daily curriculum. A fully functioning kitchen, and laundry area enables participants to learn how to maintain a kitchen, prepare meals, and do their own laundry. A partial list of topics incorporated into our curriculum for independence includes:
 
  • Preparation of meals
  • Laundry skills
  • Computer skills related to employment
  • Consumer/Personal Correspondence
  • Social Planning
  • Phone Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Money Management
  • Budgeting
  • Banking
  • Personal Checking
  • Bill Paying
  • Food Shopping
  • Self Care Skills
  • Resume Building
  • Job Search
  • Internship
  • Paid Employment
  • Independent Travel
  • Medication Management
                   Philosophy


In order for young adults, with social, emotional, behavioral, and learning challenges to develop the necessary life skills and self-efficacy to function independently, they first must be taught the necessary skills to do so and then have an opportunity to practice these skills in a structured environment so that skill internalization and mastery can occur. Learning with hands on, meaningful tasks enables participants to develop life skills in a supervised setting as they perform daily tasks. In doing so, a greater sense of independence is achieved which leads to a yen for continued learning. In tandem, the ability to master a vocational skill set allows for the option of independent living to become a reality.

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