LiFT Academy Community-Partners
LiFT University
Course Descriptions
2020/2021

LiFT University is a post-secondary program that was established to meet the needs of young adults with neuro-diversities, ages 18-22. The program offers students a unique and highly individualized opportunity to further their education while developing the skills necessary to live their best life independently.
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Career Preparedness/Career Experience
  • Preparedness:
    • Interviewing skills
    • Resume building
    • Cover letters
    • Job searches
    • Completing applications
    • Effective communication
    • On-the-job social norms
  • Work experience:
    • Community Internships
  •  LiFT U Micro-businesses:
    • LiFT Your Heart
    • LiFT Your Fork
    • LiFT U Cleaning Crew
    • LiFT Cafe
  • PAES Curriculum
    • *hands on comprehensive work development

Executive Functions/Self Determination
  • Goal setting
  • Time Management
  • Organizational Skills
  • Attention/Focus
  • Develop:
    • Working Memory/Cognitive Flexibility/Inhibitory Control

Preparation for Adult Living/Independence/Life Skills
  • Hygiene:
    • Grooming
    • Cleanliness
    • Shaving
    • Dental Hygiene 
  • Housekeeping:
    • Laundry
    • Vacuuming
    • Mopping
    • Sanitizing..etc  
  • Grocery shopping/comparison shopping
  • Banking/Budgeting
  • Housing
  • Driver’s Education:
    • Test Prep and Driving practice 
  • Transportation education:
    • Care Ride, Uber, Lyft, Mobility on Demand, PSTA

 Culinary Arts
  • Meal planning
  • My Plate Concept
  • Healthy Meals
  • Cooking
  • Baking
  • Menu planning
  • Portion control 
  • Event planning

 Social & Emotional Development

  • Social:
    • Building and maintaining positive relationships
    • Meeting new people
    • Interacting with people appropriately
    • Planning social gatherings
    • Appropriate public behaviors
    • Acquaintance vs friend
    • Stranger Danger
    • Communicating with Friends Appropriately
  • Emotional:
    • Understanding the feelings of others
    • How to get along with others
    • Following directions
    • Handling disappointment
    • Following directions
    • Demonstrating self-control.

Academic Studies 
  • Math Functional:
    • Banking and Budgeting  
  • Reading (to build interest and fluency):
    • Select novels 
  • English for the PERT (Postsecondary Education Readiness Test) *for those interested in pursuing college 
  • Math Prep for the PERT (Postsecondary Education Readiness Test) *for those interested in pursuing college