Abilities Unlimited’s on-site and community-based classes are the spirit of our organization – attracting clients to Abilities Unlimited’s facility, as well as bringing clients out into the community.
The diverse array of classes can be tailored to each individual’s interests and areas of improvement. Participants can choose to focus on academics, vocational goals, self-expression, self-management, fitness, community service and integration, or a customized combination of them all.
Students will have the opportunity to express themselves through acting, skits, and impromptu scenes that display emotion, energy, excitement, and fun.
Students have the opportunity to express themselves through various individual and group projects, and will learn to appreciate different types of art.
Students will learn a variety of skills necessary to lead an independent, self-determined life. Skills include: preparing and cooking healthy meals, laundry and wardrobe care, maintaining a clean, healthy home environment, and sewing. The goal of the class will be to attain independence and self-determination through the development of everyday skills.
Circles helps students identify, build and improve their relationships with family, friends, neighbors, acquaintances, health practitioners, and service providers. They will also learn how to differentiate between “public servants” and “total strangers.”
Once a month, participants will select an ethnic restaurant and eat lunch as a group. Prior to the luncheon date, the group will learn basic information about the culture, language, people, history, and food. Through this course, participants will have the opportunity to access new foods and cultures in the community. Participants will also have the opportunity to practice table manners and budgeting meal costs since all participants and DSWs are responsible for paying for their own meal.
A fun approach to combining academic and social skills. Participants practice learning rules, colors, how to count, waiting their turn, critical thinking, competing and having social interaction with the other players. This course uses games such as hangman, charades, bingo, and pictionary to provide opportunities for participants to interact and apply their independent living skills.
Participants will join the volunteer program at the North Vineyard Boulevard Foster Botanical Gardens. Working alongside other volunteers from the community, participants will assist with daily gardening duties such as watering, planting, and weeding.
This class was prepared by a medical doctor to teach participants the skills to maintain their personal health. Topics covered will include but are not limited to, nutrition, exercise, emotional & psychological health and the importance of proper medical care.
Students will learn necessary basic skills to find and maintain employment. Topics covered include: work ethics, responsibility, hygiene, completing applications, interviewing skills, and appropriate interaction. Students will also practice important coping skills such as stress management, anger management and effective communication. JET is conducted like a job orientation and students are asked to dress professionally and conduct themselves accordingly.
Job Retention Seminar addresses the vocational work adjustment needs of adults with disabilities in the maintenance stage of their careers. Most consumers of this class have had work experience but may have difficulty re-entering the workforce because of a lack of interpersonal or soft skills. The objective of Job Retention Seminar is to address issues such as communication with coworkers, unhelpful thinking patterns and motivation to work. The course is designed to encourage peer support that helps participants work through any personal barriers they may have in maintaining work.
Students will learn to identify the different parts of the computer, maneuver the mouse and practice keyboarding techniques.
This class will use dancing to teach physical coordination and socialization skills, and to promote physical fitness. Students will learn ballroom, aerobic, and modern forms of dancing to promote a healthy lifestyle and to increase social interaction.
This class helps the city and county of Honolulu maintain the grounds of the ‘Iolani Palace. Participants practice work skills by raking and bagging leaves as a team. Malama ‘Iolani Palace participants provide important support to a culturally significant site.
This course will teach basic meal planning, food shopping and budgeting. Students will go to Costco, Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart or downtown Chinatown to shop for groceries on sale, or purchase in large quantities through a membership discount club and/or shop learning how to use coupons. Shoppers will also learn to select healthier food choices when shopping.
Wednesday, 11:00 am-12:00 pm or 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
Students will learn the importance of self-control and discipline by practicing basic self defense techniques in a supportive, self-paced environment. Training activities will be modified according to each individual and rank promotions will be awarded based on individual merit.
This class will focus on building on basic math skills such as addition and subtraction and the introduction of multiplication and division. Simple budgeting, banking, and time-telling will also be explored. Emphasis will also be on counting coins and currency.
This course will develop facility with multiplication, division, fractions, decimals and percentages. Students will learn necessary math skills for independent living and everyday situations. Additional topics include counting change received, giving change, budgeting, estimating costs, banking and paying bills.
Math 4 covers basic college level mathematics at a pace appropriate for the participants. Areas covered include a thorough review of whole number manipulation, fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion, percentage, measurement, geometry, statistics and probability, signed numbers and an introduction to algebra.
This music class that provides opportunities to develop the skills in physical coordination, concentration, communication, social interaction and self-confidence. Group activities include listening to music of different cultures and genres, moving to music, singing (including karaoke) and playing music with bells, drums and homemade instruments.
This course provides instruction and experience in preparation and delivery of speeches within a public setting and group discussion. Students will learn to use speaking, listening and interpersonal skills necessary for effective communication. Emphasis will be placed on learning how to communicate in a positive, confident manner that is appropriate for job interviews.
Group B (Friday, 11:00 am-12:00 pm)
This course provides younger, less work experienced participants extra classroom training to further prepare them to enter the workforce. Most students will be recent high school graduates with less structured time and activities since they have finished school. By studying concepts like responsibility, commitment, goal setting, decision-making, and self-advocacy, students will learn the social and personal skills that are essential qualities of effective employees and citizens. Students will gain a greater understanding of all the actions and decisions that are necessary to gain employment.
Enhance the mind, body and spirit through recreational sports. Activities include basketball (indoor/outdoor court with a roof), volleyball, and open field games such as soccer, dodge ball, kick ball, etc. Sports Clinic offers fun and fitness activities that challenge the body, increase exercise levels, promote a healthy lifestyle and foster teamwork.
Students will learn skills including proper stretching prior to participation to avoid injury, movement on the court, ball control, forehand and backhand ground strokes, volleying at the net, the service motion and finally teamwork principles for doubles play. The class is taught with an emphasis on positive socialization and fun.
The “Thread-Ability Program” will be individualized to accommodate all participants, regardless of skill level. Early on, participants will learn a variety of skills, including cutting and creating patterns, using rotary cutters, and operating a basic sewing machine. Eventually, participants will be taught to use industrial sewing machines, embroidery machines, and sergers. Participants will learn how to sew items such as pillows, tote bags, lunch bags, and iPad sleeves, among others.
This class will introduce participants to math fundamentals such as basic counting, addition and subtraction concepts, math facts and the number line. Participants will also gain skills in counting money, telling time and measuring. Throughout the course participants will be challenged to use their new knowledge in problem solving exercises.
Participants will attend group swimming and water exercise at the Kalihi Valley District Park swimming pool. This class offers a low-impact exercise option for participants in a Kalihi Valley District Park program that is open to the public.
Basic Yoga techniques, simple routines, and breathing exercises help quiet the mind and improve fitness. Participants can benefit physically from increased flexibility, strength, balance, and body awareness. Yoga also helps students relieve stress and practice relaxation.