Functional Life Skills is a program designed to meet the needs of young adults with moderate intellectual disabilities. It is offered at
Marion M. Graham
There are two Functional Life Skills classes.
- In the first, students range in age from 14 to 22 years. The goal is to assist students in reaching their potential for independence.
- In the second (Functional Life Skills transition), students range in age from 18 to 22 years. The main emphasis of the class is vocational experience. These students gain the skills they need to be successful out of school when they graduate.
Although the two classes are separate, they do many combined activities.
To facilitate students' transition from school to the community, the Functional Life Skills program focuses on the following areas:
Functional academics (e.g., reading, writing, numeration, computation, problem-solving, consumerism)
Communication (e.g., listening, speaking, social communication)
Social skills (e.g., manners, relationships, affective development, sexuality)
Personal management (e.g., self-care, home economics, housekeeping, clothing care, mobility, safety, community access
Leisure skills (e.g., behaviour related to individual and group leisure activities
Vocational skills (e.g., physical, work behaviours and experience).
While group homes and personal care homes are the most common living options for students, home and work placements are determined for each student individually. Work-related options may include a sheltered workshop setting or post-secondary vocational training.
To inquire about the program, please contact the school of your choice directly.