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Spring Life Skills Classes Announced

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Do you have a desire to live more independent? Are you ready to breakout on your own? Let Walton Options assist you with daily living skills to make your goals reality.

Our Life Skills Training Classes are designed specifically for persons with disabilities looking to gain and maintain their independence. We can work with you in a variety of areas including home management skills to maintain your household, understanding health and nutritious meals, organizational skills, forward planning, money management, and a whole lot more.

Personal Growth DevelopmentApril 12, 2018
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Everyone has the opportunity to grow on a variety of personal levels including intellectually, emotionally, and economically. Persons with disabilities are no exception! Join us as we share personal experiences and discuss self-improvement activities such as enhancing employment skills, increasing positive consciousness, and building financial support. With the right techniques, methods, and tools, you can achieve a variety of personal goals and aspirations.

Health & WellnessApril 19, 2018
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Do you know what it means to have a good personal well-being? Are you looking to make healthy choices but not sure where to start? Our Health & Wellness class covers all this and more. Join us as we review the fundamentals of health, fitness, and nutrition as well as discuss the importance of eating healthy and the benefits of physical fitness. Achieving a healthy lifestyle can start today – join us to find out more!

Organizational Skills – April 26, 2018
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Are you tired of being unorganized at home or at work? Do you have trouble keeping your tasks and schedules straight? Join us for an insightful afternoon as we discuss a variety of techniques and strategies on how to organize your home or everyday tasks more effectively. There will even be a chance for participants to share techniques and tricks that have worked for them.

Self-Advocacy – May 3, 2018
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Did you know as a person with a disability you have rights and a voice? Do you know that self-advocacy reaches beyond the realm of politics? We can help you understand the different types of advocacy there are as well as how you can advocate for yourself as well as others. Our Self-Advocacy class explains the Americans with Disabilities Act and state level disability rights you have and how the law benefits you in your home, community, and workplace. Join us to learn how to have your voice heard!

Money Management – May 10, 2018
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Are you ready to hone & improve your money management skills? During our Money Management Class, you can learn about managing your personal finances including checking and savings accounts, paying bills, understanding credit & interest rates, the advantages of budgeting, and much more in the process to becoming more financially responsible.

Emergency Preparedness – May 24, 2018
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
An emergency can strike at any time, to anyone – don’t be caught off guard! Join us as we learn about different types of emergencies including natural disasters and how to be prepared when emergencies happen. We will highlight best practices for Emergency Preparedness Kits and how to access resources before, during, and after emergencies. We will also highlight the additional areas persons with disabilities should be aware of when preparing and facing emergencies to maintain their safety, health, and well-being.

Identity Theft – May 31, 2018
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Your identity is unique, distinctive, and valuable. Because of the ease of technology use in today’s digital world, identity theft is on the rise and much more common than you think. Our Identity Theft Class will help you understand the importance of safe-guarding your identity, techniques and strategies to avoid identity theft, and what you can do if you are affected by identity theft. Don’t wait until it is too late – let us help you be proactive in protecting your identity.

Community Resources – June 7, 2018
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Living, working, and playing in your community is a goal we all work towards. Sometimes we need a little assistance in one or more areas to gain or maintain independence in our communities. But not everyone knows about the variety of programs that are available for them. That is why we set up our Community Resources Class. We educate you about community services & programs including housing & shelters, health care facilities, transportation, employment resources, food & clothing resources, child care options, financial assistance resources, and many more.

Personal Assistance – June 14, 2018
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Have you ever considered utilizing a Personal Assistant or Attendant in areas of your life? A personal assistant for a person with a disability can help you gain and maintain independence in a variety of areas including self-care, educational & employment opportunities, and in social settings. Our Personal Assistance Class introduces you to all this and more. The class covers not only how to manage a personal assistant but also best practices in hiring, negotiating, and supervising a personal assistance. You will gain valuable knowledge and insight on the best way to move forward with your personal assistant or attendant.

Transportation – June 21, 2018
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Transportation is a key resource in maintaining your independence in the community. There a variety of different resources available across our area for persons with disabilities. Our Transportation Class introduces you to the different types of transportation available as well as how to effectively utilize them. Whether it’s learning how to obtain your own vehicle, using the public transit system or utilizing apps such as Uber or Lyft, this class will help you understand the ins and outs of personal transportation including accessibility, scheduling, costs, and budgeting.

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 or completed our Contact Us Form online.

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