School and Agency Support
Center for Independent Futures understands the challenges schools, agencies, and organizations face. And our expertise is as close as the phone.
We know students and adults need to be prepared for the future. Parents need to be reassured that their children will have the life skills they need to live on their own. Laws and rules need to be satisfied. And all this must be accomplished in the face of increasingly tight budgets. Our person-centered approach does all these things while readying individuals to live more full and independent lives.
The Full Life Model™
With hopes and dreams at its center, The Full Life Model™ is the prism through which we view each individual. The eight essential aspects of a full life are integral to our person-centered Planning Process, Skills Inventory, and Skills Training.
Full Life Process™
The cornerstone of our approach is the pursuit of a full life. With our Full Life Process™, schools can more efficiently and more cost effectively provide transition services than if they created a comprehensive curriculum themselves. It also prepares students, as one parent put it, “for life and not the next set of services.” For organizations, the Full Life Process provides a new, person-centered approach that moves the organization toward accepted best practices. Perhaps most importantly, both schools and organizations are supported by consultation and training that assure effective implementation.
We created the Full Life Process to align to Indicator 13 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and it satisfies the person-centered planning rules recently adopted by Medicare. First, we listen to an individual’s hopes and dreams and help them create a plan—for students, this plan becomes measurable post-secondary goals. Then, we look at the abilities they possess and determine where additional skills are needed—age-appropriate assessments are performed. Finally, it is time to learn—transition skills are identified and the course of study created and followed. For educators, this process also simplifies the writing of annual IEP goals required by law.
Our exclusive online application documents an individual’s goals and plans and monitors achievement. Instructors, administrators, and individuals can use a computer or handheld device to set specific goals, create action plans, and track progress.
When you work with us, you have access to a staff with strong professional credentials as educators and in social work. Center for Independent Futures has worked with school systems, including those in Chicago, Evanston, and Highland Park, Illinois, to help produce more students who are ready to be contributing members of society.
In our experience, the more a school or organization learns about our approach based on the Full Life Model™, the more eager it is to learn from our experiences and incorporate our tools in their institutions.