Living & Learning

Living & Learning focuses on developing skills of independence in the home and workplace.

Living & Learning often includes sessions where DSL’s supported employment team teaches workplace skills. Lessons cover topics that include how to get a job, gain more responsibilities, increase task independence, and more.

Students benefit from small-group interaction, role-playing, videos, demonstrations, and class discussion. The hands-on portion of the sessions, members’ favorite part of the program, includes cooking classes for students to prepare and clean up healthy snacks and meals using kitchen utensils and appliances, or crafts and projects to spark creativity and expression. Communication is also a large portion of the sessions, in which members are encouraged to engage with each other, staff, and volunteers in team-building and social games.


L&L Meets three Monday nights each month from 5 – 6 pm at the DSL Kentucky Campus.


March is about Self-Advocacy!  More specifically, ways we can advocate for ourselves by identifying unsafe or unhealthy environments.  This month’s sessions will break down the topics of “Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation” in a safe space that provides open discussion and honesty about situations that can occur.  We will break down these topics in each session and provide activities that will help us learn how to identify these situations in real life and advocate for our own safety!  Remember that you have the right to be safecared for, and supported!

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Kentucky March Session

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Kentucky Living & Learning

March 4th: Session 1


Abuse can take many forms, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse. It is important for us to be aware of the signs of abuse, know how to protect ourselves from harm, and have open and honest conversations about staying safe. We will encourage one another to speak up if we ever feel uncomfortable or threatened, discuss personal boundaries, and empower ourselves to say NO to anything that makes us feel unsafe.

Kentucky Living & Learning

March 11th: Session 2


It is important for all of us to understand what neglect is, how to recognize it, as well as how to advocate for ourselves if we are experiencing neglect.  We will discuss that not only can neglect be physical neglect but we can also experience mental and emotional neglect.  Advocating for ourselves during these situations involves speaking up, making choices, and taking action to improve your situation.

Kentucky Living and Learning

March 18th: Session 3


It is important to be aware of what exploitation is so that you can protect yourself and others from being exploited.  We will discuss how important it is to trust your instincts and be cautious of situations that seem too good to be true. We will also emphasize how essential it is to set boundaries and communicate your needs and feelings clearly with others.  Always ask questions, seek clarification, and don’t be afraid to say NO if something doesn’t feel right!

Indiana Living & Learning

This program hosts weekly life skills training with the ultimate goal to make each participant more independent inside and outside of the home. A monthly topic is chosen, and four classes are conducted around that core concept. Each of the four classes covers the chosen topic from one of the four angles, which we refer to as the “4C’s”. Cooking, Cleaning, Community, and Communication.

Using hands-on activities, role-playing, group brainstorming, and activities in a real-world setting, participants in this program gain the skills and confidence they need to achieve their lifelong independence. There is no cost for this program.

Indiana Living & Learning: Meets at our Indiana campus on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 pm

Rebekah Wilson

Academy Teacher

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Azariah Frazier

Teen & Adult Transitions Manager

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