Independent Living Skills Training and Community Courses

NWGA Center for Independent Living offers independent living skills training to people of all ages with all types of disabilities. We also offer IL community courses to people with disabilities, their families, friends and caregivers, and to people who work with or care about people with disabilities. Group trainings or courses can also be arranged.

Please call us if you would like more information or to schedule training.

AVAILABLE TO: People with disabilities who are consumers of NWGA CIL. AVAILABLE TO: People with disabilities who are consumers of NWGA CIL. Courses are also open to their family, friends, caregivers, supporters, and members of the community who work with or serve people with disabilities.
MENTORS/INSTRUCTORS: NWGA CIL Peer Mentors who are Certified Peer Supporters and graduates of Georgia Voices That Count Advocacy Training. All have personal experience with the skills needed to live independently. MENTORS/INSTRUCTORS: NWGA CIL staff or local instructors in the community who have specialized knowledge or certifications in their field.
REGISTRATION FEES: Registration is free. REGISTRATION FEES: Registration fees are $20 per course, or sixteen (16) hours volunteer service at a 501(c)3 non-profit of your choice by you, or a family member or friend on your behalf.In addition, there may be an instructor’s fee and/or materials that need to be purchased associated with a course.
REGISTRATION DEADLINES: Appointment must be scheduled in advance with the NWGA CIL staff. REGISTRATION DEADLINES: Registration and any other fees and/or proof of volunteer service must be received three business days before the beginning of the course.
SKILLS TRAINING: Attendant Management

  • To self-direct or not
  • Hiring, training, supervising and firing an attendant
  • Working as a team with your attendant
  • Safety considerations

Getting from Here to There

  • Locating transportation
  • Learning to use public transportation

Job Readiness

  • How to look for a job
  • To disclose or not to disclose
  • The ADA and job accommodations
  • How to keep a job

Living at Home With a Disability

  • Making your home accessible
  • Managing household tasks
  • Recognizing and handling emergencies
  • Educating others in the home
  • Educating yourself

Money Management

  • Budgeting
  • Cash flow
  • Benefits and working


  • Food groups
  • Understanding labels
  • Portion control

Resource Management

  • Resources available
  • Organizing resources
  • Contacting and working with resources etc.

Self-Advocacy and Empowerment

  • Learning to speak up for yourself

  • Breathing techniques
  • Visualization
  • Relaxation
  • Poses and moves to increase strength, balance and flexibility

Apps for Accessibility

  • Smartphones, tablets

Braille Grade I

  • Alphabet, numbers and punctuation

Braille Grade II

  • Contractions

Computer Skills I

  • How to get around a computer

Computer Skills II

  • Email and internet

Dragon NaturallySpeaking (speech-to-text software)

  • Word, Outlook, Internet

JAWS (screen reading software)

  • Word, Outlook, Internet

Sign Language

  • ASL


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