True independence cannot be achieved without learning how to care for daily needs. Our students come to us with an astounding variety and range of abilities to take care of themselves. Our work is to assess student skills in hygiene, self-advocacy, domestic skills, banking and consumerism, nutrition and food preparation and life planning; we then develop individualized programs to support growth in these areas. Through real-world practice, many of our students become more adept in self-care than they or their families ever imagined possible.
As adults, they participate in, and often direct the development of their individual education and transition plans. This builds their confidence, their competence and their character.
VATC currently has a laundry lab and a student kitchen/classroom, in addition to many in-classroom daily living centers, where our students can learn the basics of domestic skills and then hone them with the ultimate goal of complete autonomy.