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 (602) 443-0707

Classes every 3rd Tuesday of each month online through Zoom.

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

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

June 21, 2022 from 10:00AM – 12:00PM

Ability360 welcomes you to join us in a conversation about the Americans with Disabilities ACT (ADA) passed in 1990. Here you will learn about the purpose of the ADA and the impact it has had on American society from our very own Vice President on Community Integration, Darrel Christenson. Let’s continue fighting and advocating for all individuals to participate fully in their communities. The class will be presented by Darrel Christenson online through zoom on June 21 at 10 a.m.

Virtual Beach Vacation!

July 19, 2022 from 9:30AM – 12:30PM

It is getting hot out there! While we may not be able to get cool at the pool this year, we can certainly do so by staying in and watching a beached-theme movie with our peers. Come join us play beach-themed games and come learn independent living skills on how to prepare for a vacation! Take some time to work on the independent living skill of socialization while enjoying a day of fun. Presented by Ability360’s own Independent Living team: Tesslyn Wagner, Ashley Diarte, and Leonard Smith.

Advocate with Confidence

August 16, 2022 from 10:00AM – 12:00PM

Do you feel like you could expand on your self-advocacy skills? Or even better, start advocating with confidence? Advocacy means speaking up for yourself or others to defend your rights and needs. The way an individual advocates for themselves may look different from one environment to the next, and at Ability360 we want to prepare you to advocate for what you or others need as persons with disabilities. This class will be presented by April Reed and Polly Queen on August 16, 2022.

Adaptive Sports Gear

September 20, 2022 from 10:00AM – 12:00PM

Sports are a vital part of many people’s need for recreation and social lives. Are you aware of the opportunities available for those with disabilities to participate in sports? Vice President and General Manager of Ability360’s Sports & Fitness Center, Gus LaZear, will be teaching us all about adaptive sports and gear in this month’s class. You don’t want to miss it!

Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 18, 2022 from 10:00AM – 12:00PM

It is Disability Employment Awareness Month! Which means it is a perfect time to educate ourselves about disability employment issues and to also celebrate all the contributions that individuals with disabilities have made. Presented by Ability360’s Polly Queen and Lisa Purdy.

Nutrition for the Holidays

November 15, 2022 from 10:00AM – 12:00PM

The holidays are an enjoyable time of year. However, unhealthy eating habits can be attached to the parties and gatherings that come with the season. 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 nutrition tips about making healthy eating choices. Presented by the one and only Steve Norton.

Holiday Party!

December 20, 2022 from 10:00AM – 12:00PM

Ability360 would like to extend an invitation to this year’s Holiday Party. If you like holiday games, escape rooms, and a good cup of cheer this class is for you! Join us to celebrate all of the hard work you put into learning independent living skills this year. Presented by Ability360’s own Independent Living team: Tesslyn Wagner, Ashley Diarte, Leonard Smith, and Leanne Murrillo.

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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.