Community Living Support

What is Community Living Support (CLS)?

Community Living Support (CLS) is a service that provides skill development and support for people whose disabilities create barriers in living independently within their homes and communities. As an ECHOS Client, you will be provided with one-on-one support. Your support worker will assist you in exploring your interests, abilities, strengths and needs. The focus of your support will be determined according to your individual strengths and needs.

Qualifications for Service

  1. Have a disability (i.e.; developmental, physical, brain injury, psychological).
  2. Must have any medical disorder(s) under control (i.e.; Diabetes, Epilepsy, Mental Illness).
  3. Have updated assessment information that indicates the nature of your disability.
  4. Have personal goals you wish to work to accomplish.

Our Responsibilities

  1. We will assist you in the following;
    • Identifying your strengths and your needs.
    • Setting your personal goals (I.S.P.). see below
    • Reviewing and assessing your progress.
  2. We will also provide you with direction, encouragement, and assistance in obtaining your goals.

ECHOS Client Responsibilities in the CLS Program

As an ECHOS client in the CLS program you will be expected to...

  1. Schedule and keep appointments with us.
  2. Set your own goals (I.S.P.). see below
  3. Change your goals if/as needed.
  4. Inform your worker of any difficulty as it arises.
  5. You will also be held accountable to progress through your personal goals to the best of your ability.

Individual Service Plan (I.S.P.)

An I.S.P. is a tool used to help set and evaluate goals. It will identify how you, as an ECHOS client, will achieve them and help you set target dates for achievement. Every four to six months, you and your worker will evaluate your goals. You determine if you need to continue working on them or if you have achieved any of them; you may want to set different ones at that time. Here are some of the Goal Areas you may want to choose from;

Exploration (Who you are)
  • Interests and Needs
  • Abilities and Strengths
  • Skills


  • Building Social Skills
  • Community Integration
  • Peer Interaction
  • Leisure/Recreation Planning

Community Living; Skill Building for Independent Living

  • Cooking
  • Cleaning
  • Budgeting
  • Shopping
  • Hygiene
  • Time Management
  • Organizational Skills

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