The Primary Independent Living Program is designed for students who display severe, complex and multi-dependent special needs. Qualifying students generally experience great difficulty functioning in the regular classroom. This program is housed within Father Beauregard Community School and allows many opportunities for inclusion: in the regular classroom, special school events, reverse inclusion (students from regular class visit the ILP class), and community outings.
Students participate in programming to gain functional skills that enhance quality of life. The classroom teacher and Educational Assistants provide a consistent instructional program that includes daily routines, academics, chores, and community experiences. Individual goals are included to increase each student’s development in the areas of communication, positive behavior, social skills and independence. Activities may include functional academics, art, physical activity, prevocational skills, community exposure, self-care skills, and functional life skills such as cooking, cleaning, shopping, and laundry. Weekly leisure activities include a Swim Program at MacDonald Island.
The ILP program provides a family of supports for students
and parents. We celebrate birthdays, achievements, successes, graduations
and holidays. Our philosophy is Catholic---we value each person as God’s
image and as a welcome member of our community. We respect each person’s
unique needs, strengths and path of development. We are a 'Leader in Me' school and also focus on displaying leadership in various ways throughout the school.
Tina O'Toole is the teacher of the P-ILP class this year. There are also a number of Educational Assistants who are invaluable members of the team. LeeAnne Leonard, Lindsay Yayechnick, and Carolyn Mercer work daily with the P-ILP students.