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My Life My Way

My Life My Way teaches adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities how to live on their own in the community. The lessons taught at My Life My Way provide the foundation for independent and safe community living.

My Life My Way Assessment

The first step in My Life My Way is a comprehensive assessment in your current living environment. With careful observation, the strengths and needs of each student become apparent.

Independent Living Classes

My Life My Way classes are conducted in 10-week sessions. Teaching sessions are held either at the teaching home in Hudson, Ohio, or in the community, depending on the lesson. The teaching home is a fully functioning residence. Lessons taught here simulate a real-world, independent living experience. The home also boasts around-the-clock staff to ease the transition to independence and offer support as it is needed or requested.

My Life My Way students learn to manage their personal finances. The course includes lessons on how to responsibly use credit, keep financial records and budget monthly bills. Time is spent understanding the difference between wants and needs. Lessons also include information about taxes, filing yearly tax forms and being a responsible citizen.

Independent community living means learning to plan meals and shop for food. The domestic lessons include how to shop for groceries, cook and clean up afterwards. These lessons also include advice on comparing prices and finding values. An emphasis is placed on finding a place to live and maintaining a household. Students learn to clean a home and how to was and care for clothes. Community and home safety instructions are included.

Part of living on your own means understanding who you are as a person and how to interact with others. Interpersonal lessons discuss understanding wants and needs and maintaining positive relationships with friends and family.

The My Life My Way curriculum includes lessons for:

  • Money Management
  • Shopping
  • Meal Planning
  • Cooking
  • Cleaning
  • Socialization
  • Self-Determination
  • Making Good Decisions

There are several criteria a person with intellectual or developmental disabilities must meet to participate in My Life My Way.

  • 18 Years or Older
  • Ambulatory
  • Meet financial obligations of My Life My Way
  • Does Not Require 24-hour Supervision
  • Have a Primary Diagnosis of Intellectual and Developmental Disability
  • Does Not Exhibit Behaviors That Would Be a Threat to Self or Others
  • Demonstrate Basic and Reasonable Socially Appropriate Behavior

My Life My Way Application

Sign up for My Life My Way today. Download the My Life My Way application (PDF). Then, print it, fill it out and return it with the $50 application fee to the contact information provided below. Please make your check payable to Hattie Larlham.

My Life My Way Costs

  • Application Fee: $50
  • Assessment Fee: $400
  • Monthly Fee: $400
  • Any Additional Costs Incurred
Shelly Benson

Shelly Benson

Program Coordinator


Hattie Larlham Community Services
1402 Boettler Road, Suite B
Uniontown, Ohio 44685