Everyone Deserves An Opportunity To Contribute Their Gifts

 
 

Explore Their Dreams

 
 

Be Heard

 
 

Welcome to the SLS Community

About

SLS Community

Every element of SLS Community supports personal growth, meaningful work, socialization, learning, self-fulfillment and a sense of contribution. Families can be assured that the potential of their loved ones will be met with care, thoughtfulness and possibilities.

What is SLS?

Learn

Using Applied Behavior Analysis Principles, we assess, educate and link each individual with opportunities to grow and thrive.

Live

Opening our first residence in 2020, we utilize best practices and quality living opportunities as a prototype for additional apartment and home options.

Work

Identifying meaningful work options and providing support for both the individual and the employer.

Play

Building self-confidence and social development growth through recreational, creative and leisure activities is an important part of the SLS Community.

There Are So Many Reasons We Need An Inclusive Community

Connection

A wide variety of options to create a high-level engagement between participants and the surrounding community.

Independence

A model based on proven therapeutic methods fostering independence and choice in the least restrictive environment.

Experience

Extensive business employment outreach network for neurodiverse adults including SLS-owned businesses and a working farm.

Growth

Opportunities for recreation, experiential learning, arts, skill building and self-actualization based on each person’s capacity.

Families

An environment where parents and siblings have their voices heard and find resources to strengthen their family.

Transformation

Inclusion in the broader community and a high-level of interaction dispel stereotypes and honor unique individual gifts.

Current Initiatives

& Future Plans

We are implementing a comprehensive model that promotes an individual’s ability to contribute their skills, explore their dreams and find joy in everyday living.

Our first SLS-owned social enterprise business will open in late 2019 on Emma Street in Springdale, Arkansas. This launches our hiring/training program served up with great coffee from Airship, pastries from Rockin’ Baker and signature sandwiches, salads and smoothies. Please support the first business with a philanthropic investment and become a regular customer.

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Did you know?

Adults with disabilities have higher unemployment rates (currently at 80-90%) and higher rates of social isolation (A.J. Drexel Autism Institute).

Once out of high school, access to specialized programming through an Individual Education Plan disappears. Limited exposure to meaningful work while in high school results in significant obstacles when looking for work opportunities. SLS is changing this.

Did you know?

Most adults with disabilities and their parents want more than safety and security.

Every individual wants a fulfilling life, the ability to reach their full capacity, the opportunity to contribute and connect, and recognition that honors their efforts.  Parents want their son/daughter to thrive. And, parents want relief without guilt, knowing their loved one has short-term and long-term support to self-actualize.

Following a thorough assessment, Applied Behavior Analylsis is used to teach socially significant skills in all areas of work development. Individualized, objective and measurable goals will foster positive reinforcement. Progress monitoring is ongoing via accurate data collection and visual analysis of data to inform decisions regarding programming changes. With this backdrop, a robust collaborative plan between participants and their employers introduce a hidden workforce in our community.

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Located in West Fayetteville, we are opening our first home in early 2020. Three women will receive continuous on-site programming and supervision by trained professionals and learn needed skills, as well as replacement actions for target problem behaviors. Participants will enjoy a variety of experiences both on and off the Weir Home site with community integration as one of our primary goals.

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Did you know?

The need for innovative, person-centered services and support continues to exceed the available resources, leaving a generation of people with emotional and intellectual disabilities and their families in a programmatic, financial and personal crisis.

Incredible Things Can Happen With Your Support

The need for innovative, person-centered services and support continues to exceed the available resources, leaving a generation of people with emotional and intellectual disabilities and their families in a programmatic, financial and personal crisis.

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