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Independent Living Services (ILS)

Life Skills

Adults with developmental disabilities require varying levels of assistance with regard to independent living instruction and training. Adult clients who express an interest in acquiring or maintaining the skills that will allow them to live and participate in their community in the least restrictive environment may be provided with independent living skills (ILS) training and supports through regional center funding.

ILS services focus on the following areas:

  • Establishing an independent and safe home environment, including the selection of a home and assistance with moving.
  • Meeting essential personal needs such as home maintenance, meal planning, budgeting.
  • Participation in community life such as mobility, safety awareness and community resources.

Individuals requesting independent living skills training and supports will first have an evaluation completed and must meet the following criteria:

  1. Must be at least 18 years of age or no longer able to participate in programs funded by the public school system.
  2. Must express a willingness to participate in an ILS training program and demonstrate an abilityto learn and perform the needed skills.
  3. Have an identified outcome on their Person Centered Plan related to independent living.

Supported Living Services: These services provide choice, personalized assistance, and support to people with various intellectual and developmental disabilities such as autism and Down syndrome, who want to live in their own apartment or other independent residence.

Individuals may receive services for a few hours or up to 24 hours a day, seven days a week. SLS offer the opportunity for individuals with disabilities to attain life goals and dreams, exercise personal choice, achieve competence in day-to-day areas of life, and pursue dignified, inclusive relationships with family, friends, and the community.

ETTA’s approach to SLS is trusted, secure, personalized and community-friendly, and based on the belief that every person is able to achieve independence to the fullest extent of their potential.

ETTA is helping, but we have the potential to do so much more – with you.

Possible components of SLS include, but are not limited to:

Food Shopping • Meal Planning (including dietary planning) • Cooking • Social Activities & Connections • Money Management • Household Cleaning & Maintenance • Locating Housing & Roommates • Transportation & Mobility • Personal Health & Hygiene • Medication Assistance • Nutrition • Community Inclusion & Resource Awareness • Job Search Assistance • Emergency Preparedness Planning • Other Day-to-Day Tasks & Independence Skills

Social Programming

Throughout the year, ETTA provides individuals with various intellectual and developmental disabilities such as autism and Down syndrome, and their families, as well as the community at large, with opportunities to enjoy fun, social opportunities that offer inclusion into the greater Los Angeles community, build relationships and learn new skills.

As one client said after attending a weekend retreat: “Thank you for including me this weekend. It was a totally new experience for me. I didn’t know what to expect, and I was nervous. Everyone made me feel very welcome after the speech I made, which made me feel good. I enjoyed meeting new people, and I would like to participate again. I have wanted to be part of a group, but it has been hard to find places to fit in. Please thank the people at ETTA and the counselors who made this program so nice.”

From holiday parties to creative arts, from physical fitness outings to game nights, these events are designed to foster joy, friendship, inclusion, and community awareness.


"I have wanted to be part of a group, but it has been hard to find places to fit in. Please thank the people at ETTA and the counselors who made this program so nice.”


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