We have developed a non-traditional day program that is person-centered and focuses on the individual’s goals
AccessAbilities, Inc. offers a low-ratio Day Program, Monday-Friday, in Northwest Indiana (Merrillville, IN). If you are interested in learning more about our low-ratio Day Program, please contact our Day Program Director, to learn more.
Keep in Mind- A limited number of spots are available in our Day Program, so if you are interested, inquire soon.
Low Ratio Day Program (9:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m., Monday-Friday)
- We have developed a non-traditional day program that is person-centered and focuses on the individual’s goals as set forth in the Individualized Support Plan (ISP).
Participants will have the opportunity to work on a variety of skills in areas of academics, socialization, money management, daily living skills, and recreation and fitness.
- This model of Day Programming works on core skills to help individuals live more independently and hone skills that will assist in vocational endeavors.
Diverse Instructional Areas
- Guest Lecturers
- Communication Skills
- Cooking Skills
- Arts and Crafts
- Financial Management
- Computers and Technology
- Community Service
- Recreation and Fitness
- Daily Living Skills
Functional Skills 1 & 2
Functional Skills level’s 1 and 2 offers our consumers the opportunities to learn many fun skills. We have implemented the TEACCH method in our rooms. TEACCH methods are based on the premise that individuals with disabilities are predominantly visual learners so intervention strategies focus on physical and visual structure, schedules, work systems and task organization. Individualized systems aim to address difficulties with communication, organization, generalization, concepts, sensory processing, change and relating to others. At the core of TEACCH is the idea of structured teaching. Structured teaching is comprised of 3 components: physical organization, scheduling, and teaching methods. The developers of the TEACCH method have based their model on the idea that to effectively teach students a teacher must provide structure. This means they should set up the classroom so that the individuals understand where to be, what to do, and how to do it, all as independently as possible.
- Single digit addition
- Role playing with every day monetary purchases
- 4-5 letter sight words
- Following directions worksheets and exercises
- Listen comprehension activities such as story time with a question and answer segment
Daily Living skills include:
- Household chores like vacuuming, laundry, dishes, sweeping and mopping
- Oral hygiene
- Cooking/baking side dishes and snacks
- Light exercise after lunch
- Occasional walks at the park or on our property
- Making healthy snacks
Arts and Crafts
- Making our own puffy paint
- Creating seasonal decorations for the building
- Favorite activities posters
The Academic Team strongly promotes a robust learning environment through the use of differentiated instruction. Social skills and academic proficiency are the foundation for creating a purposeful and fun learning environment. Within the scope of humanities, a worldly view of the social aspects is promoted. Coping mechanisms and practical application are practiced to continually challenge our class members.
Academically, a plethora of subjects are explored: Mathematics, Money Skills, English (writing, reading, and phonics), History, Geography, Science, Current Events, Cooking, Activities of Daily Living, Health, Personal Hygiene, and Physical Education.
The class primarily consists of higher functioning students with moderate learning deficits stemming from medical, speech/language, hearing, and/or cognitive processing deficits. Our diverse curriculum allows class members to flourish and expand their skills to become more confident and productive members of society.
Pre-Vocational is a job readiness and Life Skills based classroom. Consumers review and practice necessary basic skills to enter the workforce or begin trade schools for the first time. Life skills such as money management, apartment hunting and resume development, just to name a few, are some of the key components that are covered.