LifeTown: Lessons For Life


UPDATED: Monday May 5, 2014 12:26 PM

Years of experience have taught us that it takes a village to change a child's life.

Just 50 years ago, people with developmental disabilities were regarded as burdens to their families and were routinely institutionalized as infants. Deinstitutionalization, longer life expectancies and guaranteed public education have given people with disabilities and their families hope for successful independent living. However, without basic life, social, and pre-employment skills, independent living isn’t a true possibility.

LifeTown is a 5,000 square foot simulated village where children with special needs use role-play to learn life skills that build independence. Children with mild to severe disabilities, including autism, engage in realistic transactions with shopkeepers and other members of the community,
taking calculated risks that allow them to learn and grow.

Children, educators, and families have come to rely on LifeTown's world-class facility and scientifically proven model for gaining and practicing skills necessary to transition from school into adult life. LifeTown serves more than 4,000 students from 13 school districts in five counties.

There is no other place like it in the state of Ohio, and only one other facility in the world.