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.