Two men with Down Syndrome out for a walk

From here to independence

Students experience independent living at their own pace.

Your connections

The College for Living prides itself on creating a welcoming, friendly environment and supporting peer relationships. Our mentors help students develop a network of support both within the College for Living and in the greater Louisville community. After all, part of the college experience is about making connections that last a lifetime.

Take a minute to watch Daniel's story. Daniel is a student at the College for Living. He enjoys cooking and making friends. Over the past three years as a student at the College for Living, Daniel has had many accomplishments and gained skills that will help him live more independently.

Your campus

You will live on your own, but you are not alone. Each student has a one- or two-bedroom apartment with kitchen and living room. There are also large community indoor and outdoor spaces for you to spend time as you choose. Our campus is wheelchair accessible. 

The College for Living is located in Louisville, Kentucky near many resources and recreational opportunities, including shopping, entertainment, grocery stores, dining, Norton Healthcare, Bellarmine University, and easy access to TARC transportation route.

Watch this video to take a virtual tour of our Woods Campus with Samantha Harrison, the College for Living Advisor.

Use the photo gallery below to click through and take a tour of our one-bedroom apartments.

Your classes

You, the students, along with our educators, direct the program through the College for Living Advisory Council. Every student living on campus is a member of the Advisory Council and has input on course topics and goals.

2021 courses


Adulting 101

This course covers essential independent living skills. You will gain skills such as implementing routines, handling emergencies, and having healthy relationships.


Kitchen master

You will master a new meal each month in this course. We focus on meal preparation and cooking, to help you be independent in the kitchen.



This course is always changing! Each month the College for Living Advisory Council selects a new topic to help you with the social aspects of independent living.

Your experience

Each student at the College for Living has a unique schedule based on his or her needs, interests, and abilities. We offer you a path to independence through weekly classes and one-on-one support from life skills mentors. Mentors are present in four hour sessions daily to provide support, skill building, and education. You will also have access to our 24 hour help line for support and emergency situations.


Schedule a tour

Contact our admissions counselor, Erin Washer, to set up a tour of our campus, answer any questions, and see what your next steps look like.