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Independent Living Skills

What is Independent Living Skills support?

Independent Living Skills (ILS) support is designed to meet the unique needs of adults (ages 18+) with developmental disabilities. Services are approved for up to 20 hours per month based on individual goals (exceptions for more hours may be made). Autonomy is the ultimate goal of ILS, where supports are provided and then actively faded as determined by each person and their team. ILS supports are led by Assistant Program Director Sara Treptow.

All supports are community-based and focus on one or more of the following areas, based on individual goals:


  • Self-advocacy

  • Managing services

  • Transportation

  • Relationship development

  • Emergency preparedness

  • Healthy living

  • Money management

  • Communication

  • Continuing education

  • Employment, volunteerism, and internships

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Home maintenance and safety

  • Self-care

We support people in ...

  • Making choices about where and with whom to live

  • Making choices about how to live

  • Learning, practicing, and using skills that aid in living more autonomously

  • Learning, practicing, and using self-advocacy skills


Where is Independent Living Skills support available?

IGNITE ILS supports are currently vendored with Tri-Counties Regional Center, and are also available to people participating in the California Self-Determination Program (SDP).

Contact your Service Coordinator at Tri-Counties Regional Center to request "Independent Living Skills," and take an active part in your adult life or in the life of a loved one. If you are a member of another California Regional Center, contact your Service Coordinator to learn more or join the California Self-Determination Program (SDP).


In addition to the above areas, we specifically support people with complex communication needs (AAC users).

Vendor # HT0747 (1:1), HT0748 (1:2), and HT0749 (1:3)

If you are an Independent Living Skills client with concerns about this program, contact the California Department of Developmental Services at​ or 916-654-1987. 

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