Adult Integration Programme

The Adult Integration Programme (A.I.P.) is a 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 part 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 days a week. 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 part of the programme provides 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 2014
Independent Living Tour 2014
Independent Living Tour 2014

Parent Support

Where required, parents are supported to help the young adults reach true independence with guidance from The Living Link.

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

    • 2020 – R5500.00 per month. A non-refundable deposit of R2500.00 is required to secure a place.
    • 12 months x R 5500.00 = R66 000.00
    • Total cost for the year is R66 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.
  • The Living Link is accredited to run a cleaning and hygiene learnership, and when sponsorships become available, learners will be able to join the learnership and in some instances have their course fees sponsored in full.

Course Dates

    • 1st Intake: January / February
    • 2nd Intake: July / August
  • There are a maximum of 14 students in a class.