Our Mission: is to offer innovative experiential learning and a practical, supportive transition process to adult living.
Our Program Philosophy: LDI is dedicated to providing our students with opportunities to challenge themselves to learn, take healthy risks, and grow emotionally, functionally, and professionally.
- Serves young men and women between the ages of 17 and 30.
- Addresses a variety of learning, behavioral and psychological conditions referred to as "hidden disabilities" including ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome, LD, depression, bipolar, anxiety, PTSD, etc.
- Helps improve personal readiness to succeed in postsecondary education, enhance employability, make informed career decisions, build interpersonal effectiveness, develop self-advocacy, independent living, and leadership skills.
- Embraces a functional, strength-based service approach in a non-clinical/non-treatment environment with "supportive" student advisement services.
- Additional therapy/counseling can be provided by credentialed/licensed therapists and clinicians.
- Weekly individual and community group sessions across all adult relationship settings, separating drama from reality, life adjustment assistance, paraphrasing meaning & intent.
- Non-segregated residential living community in an open apartment complex setting. This inclusive integration promotes the process of acting and behaving appropriately like any other adult living on their own.
Make a difference: Make a living
The Millennial generation is one of tremendous idealism, and does not see any contradiction with wanting to do well, build wealth, and pursue big purposes. This powerhouse of young adults has demonstrated their service- mindedness and desire to make a difference as over 50% have been engaged in community volunteer projects.
In order for our country to address all the challenges to our energy needs, educational vitality, inventive creativity, and aging infrastructure their idealism is not something to be dismissed- it is something precious to be developed, honed, and brought into balance with the want of doing well and doing for others.
Who will show you the way?
LDI realizes that pressures from globalization of employment and the diverse social demands of the workplace means that success hinges on functioning in a more demanding cognitive environment. In order to thrive ALL people, not just those with hidden disabilities, are compelled to become better at absorbing, processing, and combining information.
Our instruction, community linkages, and career development strategies relate to the actual marketplace conditions of the world of work and adult living. Thus, they are not purely academic, disability-oriented or treatment-centered in focus. Rather, the class and community approach used by LDI embraces personal development/competency through and in the adult community. LDI students close the "dysfunction gap"- the distance between their past behaviors/performance and expected functional standards of the outside adult community.
Life Development Institute (LDI) is an NCA CASI accredited program that has been helping young adults and families since 1983.