Considerations for admittance to the LIFTT program are based on the premise that a student has a “beginning level” of independent living skills. To be considered eligible to apply for the LIFTT program, students MUST have the following pre-requisite skills.
- Student is able to perform and consistently demonstrate, without prompting, complete independence in daily personal care skills such as toileting, bathing, use of personal hygiene products such as toothbrush, soap, etc.
- Cooking instruction and oversight from LIFTT staff does not occur at every meal. Student must have the independent skills to manage simple cooking and food handling tasks, such as simple meals, basic clean up skills, managing food allergies independently, etc., to help maintain a healthy lifestyle.
- Student does not qualify for or receive services from other state agencies that promote and provide support for living and self care, such as the Developmental Disabilities Administration. This means student is expected to live independently in the future. Student must be an emancipated adult.
- Student is personally motivated to participate in the LIFTT program, and can independently formulate and state rational, acceptable reasons for seeking to participate in the program.
- Student MUST be able to self-manage their behavior, to be able to get along with others in a group setting, and be safe in an unsupervised setting. (a) Their behavior can not interfere with the activities of other LIFTT students and (b) LIFTT staff are not always in direct supervision of LIFTT students.
- Student MUST be trustworthy in using their free time in such a manner to not put themselves or others in jeopardy. It is expected that student must be able to manage their schedule with general level of independence.
The objective of the LIFTT Program is to provide our students with an opportunity to experience and practice independence in a safe environment before they venture into less protective settings as young adults. Instruction is not aimed at teaching “basic independence skills”. Rather, it is designed to expand the student’s present levels of basic independence skills in such areas as effective personal budgeting and money management, good management of personal time, making informed career choices, attending college or vocational schools and maintaining good student standing, getting work experiences or a job and exhibiting good work habits. Students in the LIFTT Program deliberately spend a good deal of their time unsupervised by faculty. If they did not, they would not be able to learn to assume some personal responsibility for their day to day activities.