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Embarking on the journey to adulthood presents unique challenges for students with disabilities, and cultivating essential life skills is pivotal for their future success. The Progressive Center for Independent Living is proud to offer a specialized Life Skills Program tailored for students residing in Mercer and Hunterdon counties, NJ. Conducted in group sessions, with a maximum of 12 students, this program spans anywhere from a brief overview to a more concentrated curriculum with a suggested length of 8 - 16 sessions, each lasting 30 -45 minutes. The course, offered at local high schools with fees covered by the school, aims to equip students who plan to utilize their educational entitlements and stay in school until age 21.  Our life skills curriculum approach blends academic, daily living, personal/social, and occupational skills into integrated lessons designed to help students learn to function independently in society. Enrolling in this program is not just an investment in education; it is a commitment to empowering these students with the skills necessary for a self-reliant and fulfilling future.  

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Why PCIL Is The
Right Choice for You!

The Progressive Center for Independent Living's Transition Team stands out as the ideal choice for Life Skills instruction, recognizing the profound impact these skills have on students with disabilities. Since 2003, PCIL has provided comprehensive life skills education with their team of transition instructors. Focused on self-help skills, self-discovery, and essential life lessons, the Life Skills program offers tailored support for developing a person-centered approach to prepare them for graduation and moving into adult services. PCIL's instructors cover crucial aspects such as self-advocacy, career awareness, social skills development, and health and wellness. Recognizing the importance of life skills to job functioning, PCIL ensures that students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) receive the necessary instruction to empower them for successful community living and work. The curriculum's comprehensive approach integrates academic, daily living, personal/social, and occupational skills, providing students with a robust foundation for independent functioning in society. 

Four Reasons Your Student Needs Life Skills

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While specific statistics can vary, several trends highlight the challenges faced by students with disabilities who graduate without adequate life skills instruction:

1 / Employment Disparity

A significant number of students with disabilities, both high school graduates and dropouts, experience challenges in securing meaningful employment. Research suggests that without proper life skills instruction, they are more likely to earn lower salaries, limiting their economic independence.

2 / Job Retention Rates

Graduates lacking life skills education often face difficulties in maintaining employment. The absence of crucial skills such as time management, social skills, and self-advocacy can contribute to a higher turnover rate, hindering their ability to sustain employment.

3 / Community Integration

Students without comprehensive life skills education may struggle to integrate into their communities. Essential skills like navigating social interactions, understanding community resources, and practicing self-advocacy are crucial for fostering independence and active participation.

4 / Post-Secondary Challenges

Students with disabilities transitioning to post-secondary education or vocational training may encounter obstacles without proper life skills preparation. This includes challenges in managing academic responsibilities, making informed career choices, and adapting to the increased independence and responsibilities of post-secondary life.

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To access these services, parents or guardians should initially contact your local child study team and ask them to provide this for your child. Fees will be covered by participating schools. 

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