Throughout the state of Pennsylvania there are many adults with intellectual disabilities who have both the desire and the ability to learn to live independently in the community… but who have not been given the opportunity to do so. Pathways Academy* was developed to give these individuals the curriculum, the setting, and the staffing needed to make a successful transition from one stage of life to the next.
A pre-admission assessment
will be done to determine the prospective resident’s likelihood of success in the program. Maximum number of residents in the home at a given time is four.
Staffing is 24/7 to start.
Individuals entering the program have round-the-clock habilitation staffing for as long as needed. The level of support in the home decreases as the resident strengthens his or her skill level and is able to perform specific targeted living skills independently. The core curriculum includes:
• Money management/consumer awareness
• Food management
• Personal appearance and hygiene
• Educational planning
• Job seeking skills
• Job maintenance skills
• Emergency and safety skills
• Knowledge of community resources
• Interpersonal and social skills
• Digital awareness
• Legal skills
Staff are in the home to mentor
the residents and ensure their safety. Each resident is expected to actively attempt all tasks required. Staff will not complete tasks for the resident unless it would otherwise compromise the individual’s safety.
Individual progress will be evaluated
on a monthly and quarterly basis. Refusal to participate in evaluations or failure to make satisfactory progress could potentially lead to dismissal from the program.
The ultimate goal of Pathways Academy is to empower each resident to be able to live with the greatest degree of independence, at the earliest possible opportunity.