LIFE is an acronym for Lifelong Inclusion for Everyone, and at Koinonia Enterprises it’s a model that clearly identifies adequate supports needed for people with IDD to move from exclusion to community inclusion while addressing each individual’s choices, barriers, and needed supports.
The LIFE model includes a tool called LIFE Canvass that measures an individual’s ‘LIFE Level’ which is a ranking based on the individual’s ability and desire to be active in the community, and identifies any barriers to inclusion they face, and supports they may require. Using the LIFE model along with the Choices app, people may choose to explore a career path or engage in volunteer work, participate in cultural activities, explore virtual events, join a sports team or other activity. It can be integrated into Virtual Programming, Facility-Based Programming, In-Home Programming and Community Programming.
The Choices app allows staff or individuals to quickly find community-based activities that are appropriate for each individual’s LIFE Level.