Innovative Lifelong Learning
Seven Hills ASPiRE!, an affiliate of Seven Hills Foundation, offers innovative and creative programming that provides opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism, and brain injury to develop skills necessary to pursue interests in employment, recreation, and social interaction. With an emphasis on Innovative Lifelong Learning, Seven Hills designed the ASPiRE! model to help people enrich their lives, broaden core competencies, and enjoy a full range of activities while cultivating a network of relationships in and around their communities. The model has restructured the way that traditional day habilitation, adult day health, community-based day supports, and workforce readiness & employment services are typically offered by promoting personal choice and self-determination in a more dynamic and dignified, community-driven environment.
Each day participants travel throughout the building for activities of choice that include offerings in art, technology and media, health and wellness, horticulture, life skills, vocational training, and more. Community partnerships with local businesses, community organizations, and volunteers bring a wide array of specialists on-site to teach, learn, and socialize with participants. Community connections also bring participants out into the community to access cultural, educational and recreational activities, volunteer positions, and vocational training and supported employment opportunities. All services are person-centered and promote community integration—helping each person optimize his or her personal, social, and vocational competency to live successfully in the community.
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