Welcome to Integrated Living Opportunities (ILO) Community Group.
We are so pleased that you have decided to join our organization.
As an ILO Community Group member, you are now a part of the wider ILO Community. We hope that you and your family will make the connections and develop the relationships that will become part of your personal network. We are committed to providing opportunities for your self-advocate to develop and practice independent living skills, participate in community building activities, socialize, and have fun. As part of this process you will gain a deeper understanding what is involved in building a sustainable community.
On this page, you will find information on the benefits for Community Group members. The webpage is organized so that the links to the chat room, calendar of events, family workshops, and activities for self-advocates are located on the right side of the page.
ILO Community Member Benefits
As a Community Group member, you now have access to our online chat room, a place designed for families to discuss challenges, seek advice, and share successes. It is an excellent place to ask questions. We hope that members will use the chat room to meet other members, coordinate participation in Community Group events, and nurture the connections made at events into meaningful relationships.
As soon as you have a moment, visit the chat room and introduce yourself and your family. Ask a question, share a story or an experience, and share your dreams. Here at ILO, we are all about connections and relationships and the chat room is an excellent place to begin creating them.
Another online benefit available to Community Group members is our Resource page. Here you will find valuable information on a wide variety of topics including: advocacy, transitioning, housing, independent living, and special needs planning, and building communities.
Planning for the future of a family with special needs can be a challenging and daunting task.
At Community Group, our Family Workshop Series is designed to provide families with the information and tools needed to make the right decisions at every step of the journey towards independent living. All of the individuals that deliver these workshops are experts in their field, and some presenters are also parents/guardians of individuals with disabilities and members of ILO. As a result, they are able to offer both professional and personal insight on each topic.
The Skills Inventory™ is a detailed assessment of daily living skills and competencies in the home and community. This assessment is the basis for preparing the self-advocate for independent living. Self-advocates, in middle and high school, would benefit from taking the assessment and identifying the skills they need to develop so that they can begin to learn the skills before leaving school. For those self-advocates who are out of the family home, the Skills Inventory™ is still a useful tool for identifying skills that need to be developed and maintained.
The Skills Inventory is typically administered as a part of ILO training for self-advocates who are actively preparing for independent living. As a Community Group member, self-advocates will have early access to this tool and can learn valuable information about their skill set for independent living.
One of the most beneficial and important aspects of the ILO Community Group is the monthly group event. ILO Community Group, in partnership with the Edlavitch DCJCC (The Jewish community center located near DuPont circle in DC) will host regular, scheduled social and recreational events. These events with the DCJCC and some just with ILO include activities such as bowling, hiking, picnics, sports events, etc. These events provide opportunities for community group members to meet, develop friendships, foster relationships, practice independent living skills, and integrate into the wider ILO community. The main goal of these events is to have fun!