Adult Training Facility

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Adult Training Facility

The success of the Adult Training Facility at Verland is measured by the success of the individuals it serves. The ATF provides valuable training through a number of creative means, while helping each participant achieve a more gratifying, healthy, and independent lifestyle. Since 1978, the Adult Training Facility's innovative programs have enabled Verland to fulfill its mission to serve persons with intellectual disabilities.  In compliance with the stringent local, state, and federal regulations which govern our facilities, Verland is required to provide adult training for each of the individuals we serve - training that is purposeful, appropriate, and beneficial to the development and well-being of our residents.

Programming offered by Verland's ATF is educational in purpose, much like a public school system, with self-determination as its primary objective. The focus of the ATF's programming is to increase and/or maintain the skills of the individuals living throughout the Verland system, while meeting their recreational, medical, personal, and therapeutic needs.

While there are four satellite facilities strategically located in the Verland service areas, the primary ATF is positioned on its central campus in Sewickley and is open year-round. Serving more than eighty people Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.. Verland's ATF provides creative, person-centered programming in state-of-the-art facilities that are designed to encourage maximum personal development. 

Verland offers three distinct levels of training and development to accommodate each participant's current and potential capabilities.  Many of these individuals are otherwise challenged physically and medically. In all three areas, a high priority is placed on personal choice, social growth, and community awareness, and is augmented by recreational and educational outings as well as special events.
Verland's Adult Training Facilities are widely respected for their application of a creative and comprehensive set of therapies, several of which are unique. The following is an overview of the many methods used to enrich, stabilize, and strengthen the lives of Verlanders.
Verland's Adult Training Facility features a certified recreation program. With fun as the primary focus, individuals have the opportunity to experience programs in fitness, horticulture, music, crafts, and sensory stimulation. Community excursions and special events, along with religious and cultural outings, are also provded.

Life Skills Development

Verland's Life Skills Development program focuses on maintaining and furthering skills required for daily living. This program's objective is to increase the participant's social, cognitive, and vocational skills. A variety of activities are designed to help to maintain and enhance each individual's skills as his/her capabilities evolve.

Vocational Rehabilitation Center

In this wing of the Adult Training Facility on the Sewickley campus, eight separate rooms are devoted to increasing basic skills in the social, cognitive, and vocational areas.

Focus of activities:
  • Sensory motor skills
  • Cause and effect relationships
  • Response to stimulation
With one teacher providing instruction for every two rooms, a series of individualized activities promotes independence and self-esteem.

Each participant works at his/her own pace and receives continuous praise and reassurance. Skills acquired at the Vocational Rehabilitation Center are reinforced throughout the day and are later carried into the home environment for meaningful, practical application.

The Workshop

A large educational and vocational component in Verland's innovative training program is the Workshops, where a learning environment has been designed to prepare individuals with higher skills to enter the community workforce. While continually reinforcing the importance of making informed choices which will affect their lives, the Workshop Program engages its participants in practical activities that promote general social and daily skills including assembling, color matching, sorting, packaging, money, and time skills.

Employing a credentialed teacher and aides, the Workshop is a vital component in Verland's programming that furthers self-sufficiency and meaningful participation in the community. Over the years, a number of Workshop participants have acquired the necessary skills to become gainfully employed in community settings.