Independent Living Skills

Independent Living Skills, classes to live more independently.

Why should you attend an Independent Living Skills class?

These classes allow you to learn and practice skills to live more independently, while meeting other people with similar experiences.

Independent living classes are always the third Tuesday of the month. We take a half hour (1/2 hour) for lunch from 12-12:30pm. You are responsible for your lunch. There is a cafeteria on our campus.

As apart of your independence we encourage you to arrange your own transportation. If you live within our boundaries, contact your independent Living Advocate to inquire about availability.

If you are not enrolled in Ability360 Independent Living Services and would like more information about the Independent Living complete the form at the bottom of this page.

If you would like to attend or request transportation, please call Douglas West.

Douglas West
602-443-0715


Classes are offered on the third Tuesday of each month online through Zoom.

All Independent Living Skill classes will be from 10:00am-Noon

August 17, 2021 at 10 a.m. – Emergency Preparedness and Home Safety

Are you living on your own or planning to live on your own? Then please join us for the August IL class. The topic will be emergency preparedness and home safety. You will learn techniques that will help you stay safe in an emergency and learn how to make your living environment safe and accessible.

September 21, 2021 at 10 a.m. – Prevention of Sex Trafficking

Sex trafficking can happen in every community, and victims can be of any age, social status, race, gender, or nationality. Traffickers often use manipulative tactics, such as promises of jobs, relationships, and money. In addition, they may use force, coercion, and violence. Over 40 million people worldwide and thousands in the U.S. are victims of sex trafficking. The victims may be as young as one year old, and only 1% of victims survive or return home. Please join us for this crucial topic and learn ways to stay safe and help recognize if someone is a victim of sex trafficking.

October 19, 2021 at 10 a.m. – Job Readiness

Job Readiness is having the skills and capabilities that an employer is seeking to step into a job with confidence. Participants of this class will learn skills on how to seek and obtain employment and interviewing skills and tips on resumé writing. The presentation will be provided by Ability360 Employment Services and the Independent Living Team.

November 16, 2021 at 10 a.m. – Nutrition for the Holidays

Holidays are enjoyable, however unhealthy eating habits can be attached to the parties and gatherings that come with the holidays. A healthy diet promotes healthy outcomes, supports growth, and reduces the risk of chronic disease leading to overall health and well-being.  Attendees of this class will receive healthy nutrition tips towards making healthy eating choices.

December 2021: Holiday party (Date to be announced)

Ability360 would like to extend an invitation to you for this year’s Virtual Holiday Party.  There will be games and activities along with some holiday music. We hope you join us!

IL Skills Orientation on January 18, 2022

Ability360’s Independent Living Skills Team is excited to invite you to a consumer Come one come all. We welcome you.

February 15, 2022 at 10 a.m. – Valley Metro/ Transportation

If you live with a disability, finding transportation can be a challenge. Even a trip to the grocery store can feel like planning a vacation as you try to find a practical way from point A to point B. As much as we wish every state, city, and town had the same accessibility accommodations, our world isn’t there yet. That’s why it’s essential to know a variety of solutions. Please join Ability360 for our Independent Living skills class on the topic of transportation. This class will be on February 15th, 2022, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. In this class, we will discuss several modes of transportation assistance such as public bus services, taxi services, hail-a-ride apps, private transportation services, and accessibility services for commercial flights if you can’t drive on your own. Please join us in person or through our Zoom link. Hope to see you there!

March 15, 2022: Suicide Prevention 

Life can get challenging at times and, it’s crucial to watch for warning signs and get help when needed. Please attend Ability360’s next Independent Living Skills class on March 15th, 2022, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. During this class, we will learn about suicide prevention and how health care facilities such as primary care, emergency rooms, behavior health care programs, and substance abuse treatment centers play a role in preventing suicide. This class will be a judgment-free safe space that will provide anyone an opportunity to share and learn more information about suicide and suicide prevention.


What else can we offer you?

We provide trainings, resources, and information; we can help you take control of your life in order to live independently. Trainings can include, and are not limited to: budgeting; goal-setting; learning public transportation; self-advocacy; organization; personal grooming; nutrition; stress management; and communication skills. The first step towards independent living is to call and set up an appointment with an Independent Living Advocate to schedule a one-on-one Independent Living personal assessment. Our advocates will encourage you in setting a goal(s) and offer resources and support.