Adult Integration Programme

The Adult Integration Programme (A.I.P.) is a 1-year training programme for adults with intellectual disabilities and learning challenges – aimed at achieving independence at home and at work.

Assessing suitability

In order to assess a potential candidate’s suitability for the programme The Living Link offers a SCREENING ASSESSMENT, which is done by a qualified Occupational Therapist.

This functional assessment indicates whether a candidate would cope with the content of the course and whether they would be sufficiently challenged by the course material.

Please click on the block to the right if you wish to submit an application form for prospective students.

Course Contents

Person Centered Planning (PCP)

Before commencing with the programme The Living Link conducts a thorough interview with the young adult and any member(s) of their support network (parents, siblings, family members or friends). The aim of the PCP is to gain relevant background on the life of the young adult prior to joining The Living Link, including a history of their schooling, work experience, medical conditions and a plan of their goals, dreams and fears. The interview focuses on the person with the disability and begins the process of allowing them to express their own thoughts and ideas.

Skills Development

The first 5 months of the programme consists of the following 4 courses that are trained at the centre:
Students working

  • Employment Orientation
  • Personal Empowerment
  • Lifestyle Management
  • Community Survival

Training takes place 5 mornings a week from 8h30 until 12h00. The course has been specifically designed for this population of people and is practical, hands-on and relevant to their circumstances.

Job Sampling

The second five months of the programme provide the students with a unique opportunity to gain work experience. Students sample various jobs at real companies on a rotational basis and are exposed to the realities of work. Students go to work every day and a full time job coach from The Living Link provides ongoing training and support in the following areas:

  • Learning to work a full day
  • Dressing appropriately for different working environments
  • Behaving appropriately at work
  • Learning to follow instructions
  • Dealing with diversity in the workplace
  • Developing preferences for specific work environments or jobs.

Specific companies in the community generously offer The Living Link their sites for the purpose of Job Sampling. These companies have opened their doors and their hearts and provide the platform for the practical application of the student’s training:

Independent Living Tour

The Adult Integration Programme ends with an independent living tour where students are allowed the rare opportunity to experience independence and learn to fend for themselves. Students get a taste for what it’s like to live on their own and have to tackle the challenging tasks of budgeting, menu planning, shopping, cooking and cleaning their own accommodation for the week.

The tour provides real situations, which allow the students an opportunity to demonstrate and practically apply their skills in a fun, relaxed and supported environment.

Independent Living Tour 2014
Independent Living Tour 2014
Independent Living Tour 2014

Parent Workshops

Monthly support workshops empower parents or caregivers with valuable skills and provide regular feedback on course content and suggestions on how to start implementing independent living skills at home.

Work Assessment

Students complete a comprehensive individual assessment which establishes their potential in various work areas. This assessment is used as a tool to correctly match the skills of an individual to the demands of a potential job in order to make a successful job match.

Course Costs

  • 2018 – R5000.00 per month. A deposit of R2500.00 is required to secure a place.
  • 12 months x R 5000.00 = R60 000.00
  • Total cost for the year is R60 000.00
  • Scholarships are available to students in need where there is no / limited family income. A scholarship application form will need to be completed and is reviewed and approved or declined by The Living Link Board members.

Course Dates

  • 1st Intake: January till end of November
  • 2nd Intake: June till end of May the following year
  • The duration of the course is 11 months. There are a maximum of 14 students in a class.