Longitudinal Study on Independent Living Skills for Postsecondary Students with Intellectual Disabilities.

Due to increasing numbers of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities enrolling in postsecondary education programs, it is important to examine residential outcomes as gains in this domain facilitate greater levels of independence after graduation. The first three years of data collected as part of a study on independent living skills/residential outcomes will be presented. The SIB-R was used to facilitate progress monitoring for students. Participants of this presentation will gain specific knowledge concerning housing goals and the sub-components of independent living curricula. Participants will learn how to implement the Scales of Independent Behavior-Revised (SIB-R), which is one of the only scales of this type to be normed on adult populations. Traditionally, scales of this type are normed for populations from birth to the age of 21, making them inappropriate for assessing adults over the age of 21. Participants shall also be given detailed information on the requisite steps of progress monitoring implementation, assessment of commuter versus residential housing students in postsecondary education programs, assessing life skills, and how to develop goals based on results of SIB-R. Additionally, participants will be given strategies in providing remediation in the area of independent living skills when deficits in this domain are revealed.

Jugnu Agrawal, Catherine Creighton Thompson, David Lojkovic, Michael Frye, Heidi Graff,