Community Integration Experiences
Integration Experiences (CIEs) are opportunities for people who live at
Southern Wisconsin Center to interact with members of the community who
are not similarly challenged. This
may occur at locations away from our “village” or by members of the
larger community visiting us in our “village”. The
frequency and types of CIEs are person centered and result from
individuals making choices and decisions with the guidance of the
provide people with integration opportunities while participating in
normal life experiences such as shopping, getting a haircut, going to the
post office, library, grocery store, church, sailing or Brewers, Admirals,
Raiders or Bucks games, etc.
The focus is to meet person-centered needs, acquire new skills,
maintain current skill levels, have fun and meet new people, while
fostering independence in an integrated setting.
activities incorporate normal rhythms of the day and stress independence.
Each individual participates in activities of interest and are encouraged
to expand their interests by exploring the community.
Off campus activities are designed and selected so that individuals
are afforded the maximum opportunities to exercise their right to interact
with members of their community in an integrated way. These
activities are often simple in nature but may be complex for individuals
who have not had the frequency of opportunities to interact with other
members of the community.
By example this includes:
a meal and interacting with the wait staff;
a store clerk help pick out clothes which fit and colors that match;
a signature of Brett Favre at the car dealership;
at North Beach and playing volleyball before lunch at the Oasis;
on Lake Michigan with the Milwaukee Sailing Club;
the train into Chicago with the commuters;
to a concert with thousands of other screaming fans;
to the bank and having the teller call you by your first name;
allow individuals to grow and to be as much a part of their world as
possible so that the world is not denied their unique contribution.
are some of our clients involved in activities.
April 10, 2013