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I-SAIL Academy

Without Walls

I-SAIL Academy Without Walls has a unique sequence of training programs designed for young adults in their 20s and 30s with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have aged out of school and are ready to transition to independent living. The I-SAIL Academy provides an additional support layer to skills learned in residential as well as within its subset programs Pre-Vocation (Pre-Voc) and Supported Employment (SEMP), with an additional focus on job retention. Learn more about our Independent Living Support Program.


The curriculum addresses the barriers to living independently and financial sustainability by inserting additional supports to address barriers to independent living, such as:

  • Personal Hygiene
  • Housekeeping
  • Communication
  • Functional Academics
  • Community Integration
  • Health
  • Laundry
  • Cooking
  • Bill Paying
  • Grocery Shopping
  • Travel Training
  • Personal Safety
  • Socialization
  • Sexuality/Relationships
  • Advocate Training


Pre-Vocational Services (Pre-Voc)

Under the umbrella of I-SAIL, individuals who qualify will be offered Pre-Vocational Services to prepare them for employment and provide learning and work experiences, including volunteer work to address the barriers to obtaining and maintaining employment by providing support in:

  • Interest Assessment
  • Interview Preparations
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Job Skills/Tasks
  • Time Management
  • Dealing with Co-Workers
  • Volunteerism
  • Enrolling in SEMP


Supported Employment

In Flight supports all aspects of independence for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), including financial independence. 28% of the I/DD population is currently living in poverty, with a median salary of $28,800 in New York State.

SEMP is the next step to financial independence and is designed for adults with I/DD seeking employment. Individuals work with a job coach to identify areas of vocational interest, establish a plan to obtain and maintain employment based on their interests, and have support for on-the-job tasks in the initial stages of employment.

SEMP provides a bridge of inclusion by helping businesses within the community to understand best practices in working with people with I/DD and helping those we support and businesses to build long-lasting relationships

If you are an employer interested in being a partner of In Flight's Supported Employment program, contact us today!