Transitional Living Center (TLC)

Illinois School for the Visually Impaired (ISVI) Transitional Living Center (TLC) Program

The Transitional Living Center Program serves students, ages 14 1/2 to 21, who are blind or visually impaired. The program increases students' self-determination and independence in the community by facilitating development of their independent living skills and promoting greater independence in the community.

Training is tailored to each student's individual needs and may include instruction from the core curriculum and the expanded core curriculum.

Key features of the TLC Program and Curriculum:

  • Problem solving, decision making and planning
  • Assistive Technology
  • Orientation and Mobility
  • Literacy
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Student putting dishes away in cabinet
  • Personal and Civic Responsibility
  • Community Awareness
  • Accessing community resources
  • Social Skills training
  • Time Management training

The Expanded Core Curricula:

  • Compensatory or Functional Academic Skills, Including Communication Modes
  • Orientation and Mobility
  • Social Interaction Skills
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Use of Assistive Technology
  • Visual Efficiency Skills
  • Recreation and Leisure Skills
  • Career Education
  • Self Determination

Phase One - Dormitory Living

Training and supervision is provided in the following areas:

  • Orientation and Mobility
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Dressing
  • Clothing Management
  • Eating Skills
  • TLC student doing laundry
  • Housekeeping
  • Telephone Use
  • Interaction with Peers and Staff
  • Social Play and Leisure Activities

Phase Two - Transitional Living Center

Supervision and instruction is provided based on individual needs in the areas of:

  • Housekeeping
  • Clothing Management
  • Food Management
  • Money Management
  • TLC students preparing a meal
  • Student vacuuming TLC apartment
  • Personal and Social Aspects of Sexuality
  • Problem Solving, Decision Making and Planning
  • Recognition and Expression of Emotions

Phase Three - Transitional Living Center

Minimal supervision is provided. At the end of all three phases, students should be independent in all skills including:

  • Self Advocacy
  • Health and Safety
  • Time Concepts
  • Personal and Civic Responsibility
  • Reading, Writing, Speaking, Drama
  • Student preparing sandwiches 
  • Dining in Different Settings
  • Fine Arts
  • Management of Leisure Time
  • Appropriate Behavior in the Community
  • Orientation and Mobility

As students move from one phase to another, they maintain and enhance skills they learned in previous phases.

For further information, please contact:

Illinois School for the Visually Impaired

658 E. State Street

Jacksonville, Illinois 62650

Toll Free: 1-800-919-5617

Voice:  (217) 479-4400

Fax: (217) 479-4507