About Skills Development Center
In 2011, a group of parents came together to create the Skills Development Center as they discovered the challenges facing their own disabled adults. With a variety of backgrounds, passion and hard work we opened our doors in September 2011. Since then, we have become involved in our local community as well as worked with many adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We offer a family environment and a place where our clients can work on their independence, building friendships, and working on their skills and behaviors.
We believe that individuals with disabilities deserve the same dignity and opportunity as anyone else and that learning is a lifelong endeavor. Our center grows with our clients and places them as our top priority. We are different because our clients do not age out of our programs and our learning environments are rich with a wide range of age, disability backgrounds and function level. Through this policy, and a relaxed yet structured setting, clients develop mentoring relationships, close friendships and family-like bonds that often continue into life outside the center.
Our Mission, Vision, & Core Values
Mission: To have our clients practice a variety of marketable skills and appropriate social behaviors to prepare them for employment through internships and guided group activities. We facilitate peer interactions, cultivate positive coping skills, and provide these individuals with the tools to succeed. We offer clients the opportunity to continue working on positive behaviors as well as independent life skills in a supportive, friendly environment.
Vision: To enhance the lives of adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities
Family: We create an environment that enables everyone in the center to value each other’s contributions and diversity.
Empowerment: We enable each individual to work towards their potential and learn to become a part of their community.
Advocacy: We participate in communication and civic efforts that aim towards a healthy society utilizing the diverse strengths of its members.