Summer LIFE Experience
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, a decision about Summer LIFE 2021 has not yet been made as of December 2020. We are hopeful to have a decision for the program by March 2021.
For those that applied in 2020 and would still like to attend in 2021, they will have first priority for attendance.
If you have any further questions, please contact LIFE@arcjacksonville.org or call 904-620-3890.
Adults with intellectual and developmental differences can experience a sneak preview of living on their own through LIFE, Living Independently Finding Enrichment, a summer program for individuals 18 years or older. The Summer LIFE Experience provides adults the opportunity to test life away from home and for families to learn about the prospects of how their son or daughter might successfully transition into community-based living.
Summer LIFE Experience is located in a gated, luxury Jacksonville apartment community that caters to college/university students. Participants enjoy the privacy and responsibility of their own bedroom and bathroom in furnished 4 bed/4 bath apartments that are conveniently located near college campuses, shopping centers, movie theatres, and recreation opportunities. Each apartment has a housing assistant to provide live-in guidance.
Summer LIFE Experience Program offers
- Social Emotional Skills: Participants learn about team-building, social etiquette, conversation skills, personal boundaries, expressing and identifying emotions, nonverbal communication and stress management.
- Leisure: Participants learn how to occupy free time, plan social events, enhance time management skills, explore interests, develop hobbies and explore the community.
- Daily Living Skills: Participants learn about cooking, chores, medication management, hygiene seminars, budgeting, sewing, safety/emergency training, how to do household repairs, transportation training and decision-making.
*Note: Participants needing personal care assistants and any other modifications should call for further information.