In addition to group Studio Sessions, we offer a variety of one-on-one skill coaching services to support neurodiverse individuals with integrating into society and achieving maximum independence.
Skill coaching can support and individual's self-determination, community or independent living, social capital, economic sufficiency, and achieving individually defined life outcomes.
Supportive Independent Living & Life Skill Coaching
We are thrilled to support individuals and families with their independent living goals.
Supportive Independent Living provides an individual with the opportunity to use their skills or learn new skills to live more independently and participate in their community.
Services have a minimum of 10 hours per week with the goal to help a person take command of their life and scale back supports over time. Supportive Independent Living is available only to Studio Members.
Skill coaching may include:
Establishing daily routines for success
Communication skills - friendship building, professional communication, self-advocacy, phone calls, and more
Personal hygiene and establishing daily routines for success
Organization, cleaning, and implementation of maintenance systems
Independent living set-up and routine check-ins
Planning, cooking, and shopping for groceries/supplies
Money management, budgeting, and financial planning
Navigating society and transportation
Anxiety-triggers and strategies for success in society
Responding to emergencies
24 hour emergency response service for those living independently in Sykesville, MD
Barrier-Free's Creative Director, Britt Burr, offers 1-on-1 academic coaching for high school and college students.
Academic coaching is available to current Studio Members or new participants.
Weekly meetings in-person at The Studio or via Zoom to support student organization, communication with teachers/professors, management of workload, student advocacy-skills, outlining writing assignments, developing research skills, navigating rubrics and online learning platforms, calendar of assignments and due dates, and general student success.
Tutoring for all subjects with a neurodiversity-centered approach
Test-prep and test-taking skills
Assistance with registering for classes and remaining on-track for graduation
Assistance with finding & securing internship opportunities
Advocating for student accommodations at the college-level
At Barrier-Free we seek to teach and promote healthy dating skills within the neurodiverse community.
Building friendships and sharing special moments with a bestie is amazing...but what happens when we want something more? How do we go about doing this? How do we even know what we want? How do we go about this safely?
Dating and relationship coaching targets everything from the social nuances of dating and navigating relationships to sexual education, consent, and appropriate ways to communicate for current Studio Members or couples where at least one participant is a Studio member.
Coaching sessions occur on-site at The Life Skills & Social Studio based on a participant or couple's specific goals. Coaching can be short-term to target one specific skill or long-term depending on desired outcomes.
"Thanks so much for your assistance with Jared's interview skills and resume. Having the written feedback after each session provided a springboard for us to work on some things at home. Jared successfully interviewed at Carroll Lutheran Village and got the job!!! You were able to tailor the sessions to the type of interview Jared would have using his prior experience and references. Thank you also for taking Jared to a Sykesville business for more practice interviewing! The real world experience taught him to be a little more flexible during an interview!"
- Michelle, mother of Jared, a Studio participant
DDA Self-Direct & Funding Support
All Barrier-Free indivudal services are eligible to be written into an individual DDA Self-Direct plan, are eligible for the Autism Waiver and transition scholarships, or can be covered by private pay.
Barrier-Free's Executive Director, Lauren Burr, is available to support families in writing Barrier-Free services into individual Self-Direct plans.
This support is offered at no cost to families and please indicate your interest in the Request a Quote form below.
Barrier-Free add-on services vary in price based on a family's desired plan, frequency, and location (home vs. onsite at The Studio).
Please fill out the form below or contact us at info@BarrierFreeMD.com regarding your preferred services and a member of our Barrier-Free Team will reach out to you within 48 hours.
Give us a call or text at 301-799-8669. We'd love to hear about how we can best support you or your neurodiverse family member. A Barrier-Free team member would be happy to walk you through everything we offer.
We are proud to be funded in part by a Community Arts Development Grant from the Carroll County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council
We are proud to be funded in part by a Safeway Foundation Grant
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