Independent Living Skills Assessment and Training

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    SWWC and the Southwestern Center for Independent Living (SWCIL) are partnering to pilot a comprehensive Independent Living Skills Assessment and Training Program to high school students in Southwest Minnesota. Independent living skills are crucial for young adults who want to be successful in managing their own lives.

    • Skills assessment to determine student skill level
    • Written assessment report of student independent living skill levels
    • One to one or group independent living skills training                                                  
    • Increases student understanding of independent living
    • Determines strengths and areas of need
    • Targets those in need of further development
    • Enhances student ability to make a successful and smooth transition to self-sufficient young adulthood
    School special education staff or case managers contact SWWC to make a referral for services.
    A one day assessment is provided at the Independent Living Skills efficiency apartment at SWWC in Marshall. Assessments are available to any student with an IEP.  Arrangements can be made to provide assessments for adults as well.
    One to one or group Independent Living Skills Training is available for students in SWCIL's 10 county service area (Cottonwood, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Rock, Redwood and Yellow Medicine). SWCIL staff will provide training with the student in their home community. 
    Following Independent Living Skills training, a free follow-up assessment can be provided to measure gains in Independent Living Skills for students in SWCIL's 10 county service area. Reassessment timelines will vary based on the individuals training needs.
    $200 per student for assessment and written report. Training services through SWCIL and reassessment are free for students in participating counties.
    Contact Cathy Schlagel at for more information.