Abilities United supports children and adults with disabilities, their families and members of the community, and champions a culture in which all members of society are included and appreciated for their distinctive contributions.

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independent living skills

Daily life skills are critical to your independence.

You already have many life skills, but if there are others you’d like to develop, Abilities United can assist you to acquire them. In Independent Living Skills (ILS), you work one-on-one with your ILS coach to learn the additional daily living skills you need to be as independent as possible.

For instance, to live in your own apartment, you need to know how to cook, clean, shop, pay bills, and manage money. To work, you need to know how to dress appropriately, manage your time, and interact with co-workers. To have an enjoyable social life, you need to know how to make friends, access social activities, and entertain. At Abilities United, you receive personalized, 1:1 coaching so you learn the daily life skills you need to compliment your existing skills.


Your independently living skills instructions are designed to meet your unique needs and include:

  • Activities that are appropriate to your life style so what you learn applies to your real life
  • Teaching methods that fit your learning style
  • Individualized teaching based on your existing skills
  • Opportunities to learn new skills and further develop your existing skills 

Referral process

  • An intake procedure begins with your service coordinator from a state regional center.
  • They will make a referral to the program manager for ILS services and provide a referral package, which includes medical, psychological and behavioral evaluations, along with any other relevant information.
  • You will be interviewed and your program committee will determine whether Abilities United will meet your needs.
  • You will then work with an Abilities United Adult Services Specialist to complete an ILS assessment and set up weekly independent living skills sessions.

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