COMMUNITY AND PARENT ACTION NETWORK encourages, educates, and empowers families of individuals with disabilities to maximize independence. Families learn from conversation and speakers who present various topics at the families’ request.
UNITE is a peer support group for young adults ages 18-32 to learn from one another. Each meeting has a predetermined topic and is often the suggestions of group members. UNITE promotes socialization skills and often includes board games played with peers and volunteers.
COOKS IN THE KITCHEN is for adults interested in learning to prepare simple, healthy foods for themselves and their families. Individuals learn to use small and large appliances and cooking utensils, learn to follow a recipe, and learn about food groups. All meals are cooked from scratch! Support is provided by college students and other volunteers who enjoy cooking. This activity is for adults with and without disabilities 18 years and older.
INDIVIDUALIZED INDEPENDENT LIVING SKILLS — Individuals learn about budgeting, living on their own, utilizing community resources, accessing transportation, socialization, and more. This is a wonderful opportunity to further develop skills while preparing for transition to a more independent life. Sessions are practical applications using scenarios and personal examples. One-on-one and small group opportunities are available in the school or one-on-one opportunities are available at SIL.
KIDS IN THE KITCHEN encourages youth ages 13 to 17 to eat healthier meals and snacks as a result of hands-on cooking experiences. Attendees learn to use appliances, cooking utensils, measuring cups/spoons; learn about the food groups; and learn to follow recipes. College students provide support and socialization. Fun is had, and friends are made! This activity is for youth with and without disabilities.
WII EXCELLERATE is held the first and third Friday of the month from 6 to 8 pm at SIL. Wii Excellerate is for youth or young adults with and without disabilities, and is designed to promote socialization skills. The first Friday of the month session is open to youth ages 13 to 17. The third Friday of the month session is open to young adults 18 to 32 years of age. Wii is coordinated and supervised by SIL staff and trained adult volunteers.
Wii Excellerate attendees play video and board games with their peers while enjoying snacks and beverages. Lots of learning can occur in a fun-filled environment! Our hope is that attendees will gain skills and confidence in their social interactions which will lead to participation in activities in the community with new friends!
Registration is required for some workshops and groups. For more information call 573 874 1646 or visit our website, silcolumbia.org/events. Please let us know if you need any accommodations made in order to attend this program.