Vista Vocational & Life Skills Center
1356 Old Clinton Rd
Comprehensive, individualized programs and services for adults with neurological impairments |
Vista Vocational & Life Skills Center is a private, non-profit community-based educational program for adults with neurological disabilities such as autism spectrum disorders, brain injury, a learning disability, or epilepsy. Vista is a fully accredited, nationally recognized, post secondary program. All of Vista's educational and support services are designed to enable the 160+ adults with disabilities we serve to succeed in work and to live as independently as possible in the community. Vista offers on-campus dormitory living in our Westbrook Residence, followed by a phase in the Transition Apartments in Guilford. After graduating from the Entrance phase of the program, students continue to be supported as they live independently in the community in our long term Outreach Program.
Education at Vista focuses on four areas: vocational, life skills, cognitive and social development and community involvement. Students are immersed in the learning environment at Vista and learn through hands-on experience. Conceptual discussions to support learned skills are provided in small, interactive groups and seminars or one-to-one meetings. Vista staff counsel and provide continuous feedback and support as students learn to navigate their daily lives and apply new skills.
Students come to Vista from across the United States. Some have participated in special education classes in mainstream high schools; others have graduated from high schools designed for individuals with disabilities. It is not necessary for a student to have graduated from high school.
- Students are 18 years old or older
- Students have a neurological disability such as autism spectrum disorder, brain injury, learning disability, pervasive developmental disability, or seizure disorder
- Most students' disabilities have affected their progress at school and impeded development of social skills.
- Students have a basic ability for self-care and social judgment
- Students have appropriate behaviors and functionality that would enable them to be successful in dormitory style and eventually community-based living.
- Students do not need 24-hour supervision
For more information on Vista Vocational and Life Skills Center, please call
860-399-8080 or see us at: www.vistavocational.org