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Independence Center Inc

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51 1st Avenue South Waite Park MN 56387 USA


Our mission of creating opportunities for people with special needs, is accomplished by providing supervision, training and assistance for persons with developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, and other related conditions. Some opportunities created include employment, use of public transit, socialization, and recreation and leisure events.


Day training and habilitation services are services licensed by the state of mn, department of human services and are offered to individuals with developmental disabilities and related conditions including but not limited to multiple sclerosis, autism, and cerebral palsy. Services focus on enabling an individual to attain or maintain his/her maximum functional level and are coordinated with any physical, occupational, or speech therapies listed in their plan of care. In addition, day training and habilitation services may also serve to reinforce skills or lessons taught in school, therapy, or other settings. Individual abilities are assessed upon admission and at least annually thereafter, more often if necessary. Training and supervision occurs in the main facility as well as in the community. Participants receive this training and supervision to develop skills that increase their independence and participation in the community as their abilities permit. Services may include instruction with self-care, learning to manage their own behavior, learning to dine independently, how to interact with others appropriately, community survival skills, street safety, and money management. In 2014, independence center, inc. Served 48 individuals.

employment supports are offered both in-house and in the community. Services focus on the development of skills associated with obtaining and maintaining employment. For those individuals who require more intensive support, pre-vocational training is offered. Pre-vocational support focuses on preparing an individual for employment and emphasizes concepts such as compliance, endurance, attention span, and socially appropriate workplace behavior. Instruction accentuates the underlying soft skills with employment more so than teaching specific job skills. For more independent individuals, training focuses on learning specific job skills, and enhancing skills and expertise for particular jobs. As more experience and independence are accomplished, earning potential increases. In 2014, 46 individuals worked 6444 hours for nine different businesses.

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