Independent Living Skills
The goal of our program is to assist consumers to develop the skills needed to self-direct their own lives. MCIL believes that ALL people have the right to make their own decisions. Our IL Skills Program utilizes a "hands on" approach to skill development. The consumer meets with IL worker one on one and performs the task under the direction of the IL worker.
What are Independent Living Skills?
Independent living skills are those skills necessary to live as independently as possible. Such skills may include but are not limited to: housekeeping, cooking, time management, shopping, laundry, and budgeting. Skills may be related to social/recreational activities such as: utilizing leisure time in a satisfying manner, or knowing where to find appropriate social activities/resources.
Who Needs Independent Living Skills?
Everybody continues to develop independent living skills throughout their lives. Our program seeks to assist people with disabilities to develop new independent living skills or enhance existing skills. It is up to you to make the choice to live independently, to be responsible and to dedicate time to yourself and to your own goal/s and skills development. Think about what independence means to you. Decide ongoals you want to set for yourself to gain the independence you desire.
What does MCIL's Independent Living Skills Program offer?
Topics include such things as: nutrition/cooking, basic computer skills, budgeting, assertiveness, etc. In addition, MCIL also offers workshops and events each month for people to gain knowledge about various disabilities, resources, organizations, and networking opportunities to meet others.
Who do I Contact if I am interested in this Program?
For more information about the Independent Skills Training Program, contact:
or CSDVRS Video Relay Service 866-680-8370 or 888-577-2463
Want to keep track of the latest schedule of classes and workshops here at MCIL?
Below are links to printable monthly calendars. Links will be updated regularly.
(Updated for 2014)
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All events are free and accessible.
PLEASE NOTE: RSVP must be made at least 2 days PRIOR to activity. Unless otherwise specified, all activities will be held at MCIL
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October 6th & 20th, November 3rd & 17th, Dec 1st and 15th
Are you new to MCIL? Do you have questions about our services and how to get involved? Are you a professional or a member of the community and would like to learn how to get people you work with involved in our services? If so, join us in exploring the services and opportunities at MCIL. During this one part workshop, we will also look at the Independent Living movement and how it has shaped the way people with disabilities have changed history. Please note that this is a 1 part, repeating workshop.
March 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th & April 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th & May 7th
Are you looking for more balance in your life? Living with a disability can be a winding road. This workshop will provide participants with a toolbox of techniques and resources that will keep you on the path to living well.
Living Well workshop provides opportunities to:
- Discover how lifestyle affects disability.
- Discover how creating meaningful life goals can help develop healthy lifestyle. Discover how healthy living can create new possibilities.
This workshop includes ten, 2-hour, weekly sessions that focus on healthy lifestyle topics. The Living Well workshop helps people lead healthier lives that reduce limitation and increase living fully. Join others with disabilities that are going through similar experiences and are looking for ways to improve their situation and live a life that they want to live.
June 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th & July 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
Are you just starting on your journey to employment. This is for you!
Are you employed and looking for balance between work and your personal life. This is for you! This is a peer-facilitated and consumer-directed workshop that takes participants on a journey of empowerment through goal setting and problem solving, Time spent matches personal values, Maintaining life balance, Dealing with stress positively and Stating one’s needs—Advocating!