Independent Living Skills Training

People come into the Independent Living Program by contacting SMILES to inquire about our services themselves, or are referred by other service providers that SMILES collaborates with or through county social services.

They may already know what they need, or SMILES can help them with determining their needs through an assessment. The Independent Living is a goal driven program as determined by the consumer, and continues to provide support as needed.

The Independent Living Program is intended to provide youth and adults with disabilities the opportunity to make appropriate choices and learn the skills that will assist them to achieve the highest level of independence possible. Training sessions are offered both on an individual or small group basis and can take place in a consumer’s home, in the community, or at the Independent Living Center offices. Training sessions provide practical assistance to help people increase their independence in the community and to become aware of resources and options for people with disabilities.

Community Living Alternatives Independent Living Program is licensed by the state of Minnesota under Minnesota statute 245B to offer and receive reimbursement to provide individual in-home community supports to persons who qualify to receive assistance through the Developmental Disability, Community Alternatives for Disabled Individuals or Traumatic Brain Injury waivers, or Semi Independent Living Services.

• To provide practical, on-going assistance to people with disabilities who are
moving forward toward independence.
• To insure that adults and youth with disabilities are aware of available
resources and options that assist with independent living.
• To increase opportunities to use and participate in a variety of community
resources and activities.
• To provide daily schedules, routines, environments, and interactions similar to
that of non-disabled individuals.

Skill Training Areas:
• Socialization skills including developing appropriate behavior and interactions.
• Health care maintenance
• Housing
• Home making and maintenance
• Transportation
• Money management
• Cooking
• Sexuality
• Community resources
• Employment and education opportunities
• Recreation and leisure
• Safety including responding to emergencies, home safety, and community
• Self advocacy
• Disability awareness

For more information, contact SMILES here: contact form or call 507-345-7139 (1/888-676-6498 toll free).