An office that seeks to teach high school graduates with special needs with life skills on how to live independently hosted an open house yesterday.
The Center for Living Independently, or the CLI, hosted its open house at its office on Capital Hill, at house 1366, with the goal of educating high school graduates with disabilities several household skills to achieve at least partial independence for everyday life.
CLI CNMI executive director Susan Satur, which picked up the position last November, told Saipan Tribune that the CLI teaches students how to cook, clean, and more.
“We teach them cleaning skills and garden skills. We have a consumable garden. We spend a lot of time outside mowing the yard,” she said, adding that those who frequent the office usually have a disability in some way.
“We try to educate them on how to live alone or how to live so that they are not a burden to a family member,” she said.
Besides the skills to look after oneself, the office also allows the students to entertain themselves and even teaches them basic office skills.
“We also do arts and crafts. After we do all the morning activities, sometimes we relax. We have computers, so we teach them how to use emails [and] how to use the computer,” said Satur.
The CLI office is at House 1366 on Capital Hill, at the corner of Anatahan Drive and Guguan Drive.