Life Skills Programs

The Independent Living Resource Center Calgary (ILRCC) welcomes Fall 2022.

The Life Skills programs are designed for adults with disabilities who want to seek greater independence and/or strive to live independently. The goal is to maximize potential and personal growth via learning a variety of useful practical skills needed for day-to-day life, to strengthen community ties and knowledge, as well as social skills and greater independence.

Registration Fee = $100 per individual for 12 week classes and $60 per individual for 6 week classes.

Drop in classes = $20.00 per time

Contact our Programs Director Melissa at or  403-263-6880 to find out more.

We look forward to having you join us again for our fall programs!

Monday Yarn & Wool

September 12th – November 28th 5:30pm – 6:45pm


  • September 5th for Labour Day
  • October 10th for Thanksgiving

Program runs for 12 weeks at a cost of $100.

Join us to learn about all things yarn & wool! This program will teach techniques and skills for knitting, crocheting, and finger/hand crocheting. Learn a new skill and create items you can be proud to take home or even sell!

Tuesday Self-Advocacy:

September 13th - October 18th   11:00am - 12:00 pm

Workshop runs for 6 weeks at a cost of $60.

The Self-Advocacy workshops will help individuals with disabilities make healthy choices in daily life and speak up for their health, wellness, and safety. The Workshops will consist of four in-class sessions and two community organization outings. During each session participants receive information and learn the material through discussion, activities, visual aids, presentations, and goal development. Collaboration with community resources, professionals, and agencies provides additional content and expertise to the program.

Wednesdays Cooking:

Fall “International” session:

August 24th – September 28th     $60      12:00pm – 2:00pm

Fall “Garden Harvest” session B:

October 12th – November 16th    $60       12:00pm – 2:00pm

Building on our popular Learn to Cook program this hands-on class is a great way to extend your knowledge of techniques or cooking fundamentals.

Wednesdays Learn to Cook:

Fall Session A:

August 24th – September 28th       $60        4:30pm – 6:00 pm

Fall Session B:

October 12th – November 16th      $60        4:30pm – 6:00 pm

This beginner 6-week cooking course is designed for all ability levels. The primary focus is to help participants develop their basic prep and cooking skills. Each week includes approximately an hour of cooking (or a little more) and ends with sharing the meal prepared.

Thursday Sexual Health:

October 20th – November 24th    3:00pm  – 4:30pm

Program runs for 6 weeks at a cost of $60.

In partnership with the Centre for Sexuality we are pleased to offer our first Relationship and Sexual Health Education program. Using innovative teaching methods and a trauma-informed lens, our facilitators provide opportunities to practice important skills of communication, decision-making and negotiation, preparing participants to engage in healthier relationships.

During our sessions we can discuss:

  • Birth control options
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
  • Anatomy
  • Healthy and unhealthy relationships
  • Sexual and Relationship Rights
  • Communication skills
  • Consent
  • Sexual well-being
  • Sexual boundaries and decision making
  • LGBTQ2S+ identities
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Messages about sexuality from the media

Thursday Money Matters:

September 22nd – November 3rd            6:00pm – 8:00pm

Program runs for 7 weeks and is free!


Feeling stressed out by money is normal when you’re dealing with life challenges. We created Money Matters because we understand financial troubles can cause unneeded stress for people with disabilities. Together, we can improve your money management skills and reduce money-related stress.

Participants in this program experience positive changes in their lives, including:

  • Increased financial stability.
  • Increased mental wellness and improved ability to manage your finances.
  • Maintained housing and supported in feeling more independent.
  • Decreased feelings of social isolation.