Independent Living Skills

Independent living skills (ILS) are the tasks students need to manage their daily life, such as housework, hygiene, and time management.


These documents help you track what students should be able to do at each grade level.

ILS Checklist

Use the ILS Checklist to document when a student is able to accomplish each skill.

ILS Guides

These guides outline what skills are appropriate by the end of each grade. The skills are included on the ILS Checklist.

Tips and Lessons

These resources explain how to teach different ILS.

Kitchen and Food


Additional Resources

  • Five-Minute ILS [PDF]
    This MDE-LIO document lists ILS activities students can complete in five minutes or less.
  • ILS Videos [Website]
    The Washington State School for the Blind hosts videos that show how to teach various skills.