Learning Center

Learning Center

Learning Center will be a high-quality, life enrichment program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).  Our staff will provide assistance with acquisition, retention, or improvement of self-help, socialization and adaptive skills. With an emphasis on independence and productivity, the Center will promote life-long learning through activities that stimulate mental, emotional, and social growth.

We believe that a small home-based environment is preferable to a large institutional setting because it will enable us to offer a low staff -to-client ratio and individualized, high-quality services.

The over-arching goal of the Learning Center will be to promote independent living skills through innovative community-and center-based activities.  Grounded in a person-centered philosophy, each participant and family will be engaged as a partner to develop an individual plan of care.  Based on the individual plan of care, weekly schedules will be developed to include the following types of activities:



  • Off-site job training and volunteering at local organizations, businesses & other places of employment;
  • Learning to use public transportation to navigate the city more independently;
  • Literacy groups to maintain & improve functional reading & writing skills;
  • Social skills development including outings at restaurants, movies, pool, etc.;
  • Cognitive learning projects to enhance basic skills and continued learning; such as?
  • Language development and vocabulary expansion through educational software and augmentative communication devises;
  • Money management skills;
  • Computer literacy activities;
  • Vocational training;
  • Sensory integration activities such as swinging, climbing & walking at local parks and with center-based equipment such as therapy balls & weighted vests;
  • Health education to learn nutrition, hygiene, personal appearance & disease prevention;
  • Fitness through walking & hiking at parks, using center equipment & community facilities for swimming, weight-lifting, water aerobics, etc.;
  • Arts & crafts including painting, drawing, jewelry-making;
  • Gardening to include seeding, planting, watering, & cultivating plants and flowers;
  • Cooking classes to teach meal preparation, nutritious eating and baking to consume or sell;
  • Recreation activities ranging from monthly birthday parties to exploring community activities such as fairs, malls, etc.
  • Dance, music appreciation & karaoke for relaxation and creative expression.

If you are interested in the Learning Center, please contact the Arc of El Paso.  We wil be accepting clients that have a Texas Home Living waiver (Tx HmL).  It is anticipated that we will accept the Home & Community-based Services (HCS) waiver, as well.  Private pay will also be considered.  Waivers can be obtained by calling Emergence Health Network at (915) 772-4446, however, be aware that there is a very long wait list.