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University Supported Living
We are a private residential supportive living environment focused on University and Community College students with a variety of disabilities. Specializing in students with ADHD, Autism, TBI, and Learning Disabilities with low average to superior IQ, we provide the necessary intangible supports that are missing from the typically wonderful University experience. We offer a complete support system covering most aspects of the college student's life, but tailored for your student, not the neuro-typical 18 year old.
Students who are not "neuro-typical" very often can do the classroom work demanded of a college student. However, they fail out at an alarming rate due to the other aspects of college life. The social aspects, the time management, the daily living demands that they were not prepared to encounter, the negotiations with roommates, the lack of rules for social interaction, the new rules of classroom behaviors and work load all conspire to overwhelm and confuse the student who is told to "sink or swim, you're on your own now, this isn't high school any more."
You're reading my website, you're probably a parent wondering where are the adult programs for my child? They will grow up and we want an independent life. Over my many years working as the Director of a Disability Services Office at a State University, parents have shared their frustrations with me about the cracks their young adult falls through.
Mostly, it is the intangible supports that the family (you) provides that create a system of providing what the child needs for the K-12 system . As the child matures to young adulthood, the college experience is a logical next step. Many that I have talked to are surprised and unprepared for the differences between college and the K-12 environment. The family and student are also unprepared for the social living environment and the huge amount of support that is needed and missing from the daily living environment. That is where we step in when the family steps back. Your young adult possibly needs more assistance in daily living than they do in the classroom. A supported living environment is the perfect transition to allow for a SUCCESSFUL transition into college and the work force. Parents have said all of the following to me over the years and there is little that a University can do to assist in this delicate personal area.
.... is smart enough to do the work, but the residence halls would be torture
.... is going to isolate himself with all those people there running around
.... needs a private place to go unwind and get away from stimulus
.....is not going to talk to ...... about ......
.....needs a reminder to shower and take care of himself, he just forgets about it.
can't somebody there check up on him and call me when he gets
upset, angry, sick, overwhelmed, behind in his work, isolated, off his medication, misses an appointment, fails a test, stops going to class, doesn't come home that night
Our services are listed out in detail on the "services" page. We like to cover the entire transition for you, this will be the best learning opportunity of their lives. Your student is enrolled in college courses, we provide intensive, intrusive assistance with academic coaching, academic counseling, daily living skills, health issues, transportation, cooking, shopping, housekeeping, hygiene, paying bills, troubleshooting, when to ask for help, therapeutic horseback riding lessons, natural food selection, growing food in a garden, animal therapy, crafts, structured peer social interaction, social events, how to get involved, self defense, martial arts, yoga, looking for jobs, applications, interviews, job training in several areas including: stable work, restaurant work, gardening and production of natural products, soaps, cheese, beekeeping, honey extraction, sales at a farmers market.
HOW are we able to offer all of this? Well, simply put, all of the pieces of our lives fit together to create this opportunity. A very short history of us.... A horse enthusiast, trainer, breeder, exhibitor who gives lessons to the non-typical rider and has a fantastic job as the director of disability services at a terrific university. Meets and falls for a martial arts expert. They share a love of large scale gardening of heirloom tomatoes and other varieties, all things nature and natural then they buy some bee hives for the horse farm, then chickens, then dairy goats. They decide the world would be a better place if they could share how they cook and live with others by opening a restaurant in the coolest building in the next little town, so they did. The Beekeeper is that restaurant in Oak Harbor, Ohio offering farm to table and local fresh foods. Now we are combining the expertise of years into helping your young adult successfully transition from your home, to their own place in the world, whatever that place may be.
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