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Independent Life Skills Training – Fall Series 2017

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Do you want to work on your independence?
Do you want to take control of the direction you want to go to live independently?
Are you interested in learning life skills like money-management? Healthy living? Living in your own place?
Do you want to work? Return to work? Or sustain your current job
Do you see yourself having your own transportation and being part of your community?

We are here to assist you with setting goals like these that realistically support you in developing and increasing your independent living skills. Join us for 10 weeks full of topics to help build independence! All classes are held at the Walton Options for Independent Living Augusta Office at 948 Walton Way. For more information and registration, please contact (706)724-6262.
The following is a list of classes, dates, and descriptions:

Personal Growth & Development
Thursday, October 5, 2017
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Personal Growth or self-improvement refers to self-guided improvement—economically, intellectually, or emotionally—most frequently with a substantial psychological and or spiritual basis. The process of improving oneself through such activities as enhancing employment skills, increasing consciousness and building wealth. In this class you will be able to share your experiences and thoughts of how you achieved your personal goals and development. You will also learn new techniques and methods on how to fully achieve your personal goals and aspirations.

Health & Wellness
Thursday, October 12, 2017
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
The goal of this class is to encourage consumers to enhance their personal and physical well-being, through increased awareness of the fundamentals of health, fitness, and nutrition. In this class consumers will be able to discuss the importance of eating healthy and physical fitness. Consumers will learn techniques they can utilize to build upon their ability to become and remain healthy. Consumers will also learn how to calculate their body mass index (BMI).

Organizational Skills
Thursday, October 19, 2017
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
The goal of this class is to learn different techniques and strategies on how to organize your home or everyday task more effectively. In this class the instructor, you and others will also share techniques and ideas of how to organize items, and discuss what organizational tips have been most effective.

Self-Advocacy
Thursday, October 26, 2017
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
The goal of this class is to assist consumers in understanding the American with Disabilities Act and State disability rights and laws. Consumers will learn about the different types of advocating, and how they can advocate for themselves and others. Consumers will also learn how to access advocacy resources and advocate for themselves effectively in the job market and in their home community.

Money Management
Thursday, November 2, 2017
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
The goal of this class is to assist consumers in acquiring more advanced money management skills so they can better manage their personal finances and bill payments. Consumers will learn about managing their personal finances and bills in a timely manner, and learn about managing checking and saving accounts. Consumers will also learn to better understand credit and interest rates, the advantages of budgeting, record keeping, and how to become more financially responsible.

Emergency Preparedness
Thursday, November 9, 2017
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
The goal of this class is to teach consumers how to identify and be prepared for an emergency and a natural disaster at all times. Consumers will learn about the different types of natural disasters and how to safely be prepared for each. Consumers will learn what items they should have in their home, in case of an emergency. Consumers will also learn safely regulations through ready.ga.gov and dph.georgia.com. And what local agencies to contact when an emergency occurs.

Identity Theft
Thursday, November 16, 2017
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
The goal of this class is to educate consumers on how to protect their identity. This class will teach consumers techniques and strategies to avoid identity thief, as well as teach consumers the warning signs to look for to avoid being a target of identity thief. Consumers will also learn the legal actions to take if identity thief does occur.

Community Resources
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
The goal of this class is to educate consumers about the different resources out in the community that can be utilized for services. This class will educate consumers about community resources such as Housing, Shelters, Health Care facilities, Transportation, Employment Resources, Food Resources, Clothing Resources, Child Care Resources, Financial/ Utility Assistance Resources, as well as other resources.

Personal Assistance
Thursday, November 30, 2017
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Personal Assistant Training (I’m the Boss) – Is basic life skills training offered to individuals with disabilities who wants to gain, maintain and sustain their level of Independence through consumer-driven approach on best practices. We will cover how to manage a personal assistant as it relates to self-care, education, social and employment. Techniques in hiring, negotiating, supervising and firing along with other applications are shared for maximum self-management of personal assistant services.

Transportation
Thursday, December 7, 2017
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Consumers who participate in our Transportation Class will learn the tools needed to gain independent transportation. The goal of this training is to bring awareness to the different types of transportation and how to use them across our area. Whether it’s learning how to obtain your own transportation and vehicle to how to use the public transit system to utilizing transportation apps such as Uber. This training will also cover how to budget for transportation costs utilizing SMART (Specific, Measurable, Active, Reasonable, and Timed) goals.

If you are interested in participating in any of these classes, please call 706-724-6262 to speak with an Information & Referral Specialist to find out more or to register. We look forward to seeing you there!

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