Adult Living Skills Program

5 adult living skills participants walking


Adult Living Skills (ALS) focuses on life skills training for adults who are blind or visually impaired with developmental disabilities. Program participants attend daily activities designed to develop self-sufficiency, increase independence and help them actively participate in today’s society. An individual service plan is developed for each participant to outline short-term and long-term goals.

Our specialized staff provides training and classes in the following areas:

  • Self-Help
    In the studio apartment constructed on-site, participants are trained in skills to increase their independence, such as dish-washing, dusting, sweeping, cleaning and basic cooking. Participants also operate a coffee sale and aluminum can recycling program to develop working skills and responsibility.
  • Orientation and Mobility
    Participants receive hands-on training in spatial awareness, detection of auditory cues from the environment and independent travel inside the facility.
  • Pre-Vocational Skills
    Participants practice simple assembly tasks, such as folding, stuffing, sorting and collating. As pre-vocational skills are mastered, participants become eligible for other vocational training programs at The Chicago Lighthouse or elsewhere.
  • Functional Academics
    Participants learn to read and write in Braille and large print, communicate, perform basic math, use a telephone and manage money.
  • Community Awareness
    Participants gain social skills through community outings, which include recreation and eating in restaurants, and travel to a neighboring facility for exercise twice a week.

For more information, please contact:

Marykay Culleton
Director, Adult Living Skills | Adult Day Program
(312) 666-1331 ext. 3670
Email Marykay


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