Discover the Path Toward Living Independently

The path toward living independently starts with a two-year transition program where the individual develops core independent living and vocational skills. At the end of the two-year transition program, individuals are assisted in moving into the community with tailored living and vocational services.

The Landing Academy

The Landing Academy offers a two-year structured experiential learning opportunity designed to educate through meaningful life experiences. Participants will live in housing with other individuals within The Landing community and participate in core experiential learning opportunities. The Landing Academy’s curriculum is focused on living supports, vocational training, and community/social engagement. Participants attend the Academy September through May with holiday breaks for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Spring Break.

Some services provided to The Landing Academy participants may be covered by Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) or Medicaid SLS waiver with services provided by a local Program Approved Service Agency.

The Landing Academy is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Core Experiential Learning Opportunities for Academy Participants

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Living Supports

Year 1: Through structured experiential learning opportunities Year 1 academy participants will work toward developing regular routines, such as learning and practicing grocery shopping, budgeting, household chores, managing personal hygiene, and transportation scheduling and use with intensive supports. Year 1 students will also be enrolled in Social Skills classes.

Year 2: In year 2, academy participants further develop the ability to perform these tasks independently as they prepare to transition into the community completing the two-year program. Year 2 participants will be enrolled in Sexuality Education classes.

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Vocational Training

Year 1: Academy participants will work on developing job skills needed for employment through learning and volunteering experiences, resume building and job exploration. If the client is not already enrolled with DVR, The Landing will assist in initiating the process.

Year 2: Participants will focus on employment/workplace readiness training and will continue building on their experience with internships and volunteer opportunities. These opportunities will provide the skill acquisition needed for employment. If possible, year two participants will participate in supported employment opportunities that the community has to offer.

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For Year 1 and Year 2 participants, structured community and social engagements are scheduled throughout the year to provide individuals opportunity to connect with others in the greater community and create natural supports.

During the two-year academy program, periodic evaluations are performed to gauge each participants progress and level of independence. In the last semester of Year 2, The Landing will assist participants as they transition to The Landing Community.