Independent Living Skills Resources available at the Center for Disability Resources Library

To check out any of the materials listed, please contact:
Steven Wilson
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100 activities for transition. Molly Lyle. Columbia, MO: Hawthorne Educational Services, Inc., 2000. Call Number: Disabilities-TRANSITION HQ 2037 L985o 2000

Becoming independent: A living skills system. Ann M. Westaway, Tony Apolloni. Bellevue, WA: Edmark Associates, 1978. Call Number: Disabilities-PROF HM 251 B398 1978
- Six assessment manuals and indexes, forms, worksheets, and user's guide. Contents include information about personal management, social development, household management, academic skills, home activities, community activities, job readiness, and work skills.

Cooking made easy. Eileen Laird. Boone, N.C.: E. Laird, 2000. Call Number: Disabilities- FAM TX 715 L185c 2000
- This is a cookbook made especially for people just learning how to cook, or for people who find other cookbooks sometimes too complicated to use.

Developing personal safety skills in children with disabilities. Freda Briggs. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes Pub. Co., 1995. Call Number: Disabilities-PROF HV 6570 B854d 1995

A functional curriculum for teaching students with disabilities. 3rd ed. Austin, Tex.: Pro-ed, 1996-1998. Call Number: Disabilities- PROF LC 4015 F979 1998

Globe Fearon’s skills for independent living. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Globe Fearon Educational Publisher, 1997. Call Number: Disabilities-TRANSITION HQ 2037 G562s 1997 

Going to college: Expanding opportunities for people with disabilities.
Elizabeth Evans Getzel and Paul Wehman, ed. Baltimore, MD: P.H. Brookes Pub., 2005. Call number: Disabilities-TRANSITION LC 4813 G615 2005
-Using this source, professionals who work in high schools and universities will discover how to make the opportunity of a college education available to young people with a wide range of disabilities.

I can do it! I can do it! Personal grooming and physical hygiene: For people with very special needs. Barbara Cox and Kathleen Jewett. Newport Beach, Calif.: K & H Pub., 1981. Call Number: Disabilities-FAM QT 180 I10 1981

Informal assessments for transition: Independent living and community participation Katherine O. Synatschk, Gary M. Clark, James R. Patton. Austin, Tex. : Pro-Ed, c2008. Call Number: Disabilities-TRAN LC 4019 S96 2008

Life centered career education: Competency units for daily living skills. Donn E. Brolin. Reston, Va.: Council for Exceptional Children, 1992. Call Number: Disabilities-TRANS LC 1037.5 B8671L 1992

Living skills: A guide to independence for individuals with deaf-blindness. 1st edition. Minneapolis, MN : Find Inc., 1991. Call Number: Disabilities-TRANS HV 1597 L785 1991
- This book shows the methods used by a non-profit agency to teach people with deaf-blindness skills for independence.

Living with spinal cord injury: A wellness approach. Adrian Cristian. New York, NY: Demos Medical Pub., 2004. Call Number: Disabilities-FAM WL 400 C933L 2004
- Discusses common medical issues related to spinal cord injury. Includes a section that deals with mobility and transportation issues, as well as finances and managing a home health attendant. Includes a glossary of common spinal cord injury terms.

My social stories book. Carol Gray and Abbie Leigh White. London; Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2002. Call number- Disabilities-PROF WM 203.5 G778m 2002

-The author's social stories approach has become established as a highly effective way of teaching social and life skills to children on the autism spectrum. Using short narratives (for young children), the stories in this book take children through basic activities and helps children to understand different experiences.

Steps to independence: Teaching everyday skills to children with special needs. 4th ed. Bruce L. Baker, Alan J. Brightman with Jan B. Blacher. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Pub. Co., 2004. Call Number: Disabilities-PROF HV 891 B167s 2004

Taking care of myself: a hygiene, puberty and personal curriculum for young people with autism. Mary Wrobel. Arlington,TX: Future Horizons, Inc., 2003. Call Number: Disabilities-FAM WM 203.5 W957t 2003
- Designed to address the health and safety needs of students aged five and up with autism spectrum disorders. Uses Social stories to cover issues surrounding health, hygiene, and puberty.

Your safety…your rights II: Personal safety & sexual abuse risk reduction education program to empower adults with disabilities and educate service providers. Doylestown, PA: Network of Victim Assistance: The Institute on Disabilities, Temple University, 2000. Call Number: Disabilities-PROF HV 1568 Y81 2000

Audiovisual Resources

Busting loose to independence: Through personal attendance services. Sound. Peg Nosek. Houston, TX: The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research, 1989. Call Number: Disabilities-AV HG 2037 N897b 1989
- Includes lesson plans for each cassette. Actual course about teaching disabled people how to live independently and what to watch out for.

Do the safe thing. Video. Columbia, S.C.: S.C. Dept. of Disabilities and Special Needs, 1995. Call Number: Disabilities-AV WA 288 D631 1995
-Discusses the importance of stopping, thinking, and doing the safe thing around and in the home. Being able to recognize dangers in the home is stressed with the use of the stove, use of the sink, checking water temperature, washing knives, storing cleansers/chemicals, handling/storing food, and additional safety features used in the home.

Everyday life skills: Surviving on your own. Video. American Guidance Service. Circle Pines, MN: American Guidance Service, 2001. Call Number: Disabilities-TRANSITION HQ 2037 E93 2001
- Six videocassettes (16 min. each) focusing on everyday events for meeting life needs, including: Expanding Your World, You & Your Money, Household Smarts, Getting & Keeping a Job, Looking, Feeling, & Acting Your Best, and Health, Nutrition, & Safety.

Looking good. Video (26 min). Directed by Richard Geier. Verona, WI: Attainment Co., 1988. Call Number: Disabilities-AV QT 275 L863 1988

Personal hygiene? What's that got to do with me? Pat Crissey. London; Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2005. Call number: Disabilities- FAM WM 203.5 C932p 2005
-Full of fun cartoons that show you exactly what to do to look and smell good, have clean teeth and a great smile, and stay healthy. For young people aged 8-14, this curriculum is designed to help them understand the social implications of neglecting personal hygiene.

Safe and strong: Safety in the community. Video (27 min). Sherborn, MA: Aquarius Health Care Videos, 2001. Call Number: Disabilities-AV WS 350.6 S128 2001
- People with developmental disabilities have a four to ten times higher risk of becoming crime victims than persons without a disability. This video offers help to keep safe and strong within the community by demonstrating key safety information in an easy to understand way.

Safety, accident prevention. Video (24 min). Dorothy Sindberg. Watertown, WI: Bethesda Lutheran Home, 1988. Call Number: Disabilities- AV WA 288 S128 1988

Safety nets (kit). Tri-Development Center of Aiken County, Inc. Columbia, SC: S.C. Developmental Disabilities Council & S.C. DDSN, 1995. Call Number: Disabilities-PROF WA 288 S128 1995
- Aims to increase safety awareness and the prevention of accidents, particularly when dealing with individuals with disabilities.

Think safe: Fire. Video (14 min). Keith Colter. Bloomington, Ill.: Meridian Education Corporation, 1994. Call Number: Disabilities-AV WX 185 T443 1994
- Describes common household fire hazards and explains how to avoid them. Focuses on what to do if a fire occurs, the dangers of smoking, and fire safety in the kitchen. Provides fire safety tips for inside and outside the home. Fireplace, kitchen, Christmas tree, and space heater safety tips are provided. Smoke detector use, evacuation, and reporting fires are also presented.

Think safe: Home security. Video(16 min). Keith Colter. Bloomington, Ill.: Meridian Education Corporation, 1994. Call Number: Disabilities-AV HD 9999 .S45 T443 1994
- Describes how to keep safe and secure at home and how to use community resources if a crime occurs. Explains the basic elements of a household burglar alarm system.

The Ties that Bind. DVD (55 min). John Ritchie. Montreal, Canada: National Film Board of Canada, 2004. Call number: Disabilities AV HV 1568 T564 2004.
-At 28, Chris, who lives with multiple disabilities, longs for independence and dreams of the day when he will move out of the family home, as he has watched his siblings do. This is an intimate film that reveals, with raw emotion and surprising humor, the complexity around one young man’s transition toward a more independent life.

Without Pity: A Film about Abilities. Michael Mierendorf- HBO. Princeton: Films for the Humanities and Sciences, c1998. Call Number: Disabilities- AV HV 3012 W824 1998.
-This HBO documentary, narrated by Christopher Reeve, celebrates the efforts of people with disabilities to live full, productive lives. We meet a cross section of Americans. This program applauds the resilience and potential of people with disabilities, and their determination to be self-sufficient.

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