Independent Identity

Creating Quality Lives Through ABA

Mission

Our mission is to promote vocational, social, leisure, and independent living skills for our clients while decreasing inhibiting challenging behaviors.

Ruling year info

2019

Principal Officer

Jenna Noel Taylor

Main address

1705 S. Capital of TX Hwy Suite 201

Austin, TX 78746 USA

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EIN

83-4080170

NTEE code info

Autism (G84)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Health and Human Services Industry, specifically in Texas, is suffering from lack of options for adults living with autism and IDD and their families. Of the options that do exist, none accept clients who engage in challenging behaviors such as verbal and physical aggression or property destruction. Independent Identity will serve that population of individuals and work to reduce their challenging behaviors in order to increase safe participation in the community. Additionally, II will provide intensive ABA therapy in small ratios to promote quick and sustainable progress. The ability to engage in work, enjoy leisure activities, and complete independent living tasks will promote quality of life for clients and their families and eliminating the need for more intrusive and expensive care or placement in the future. In the US, 500,000 teens with autism will age into adulthood over the next decade (http://www.afaa-us.org/about/mission-a-aims).

Our programs

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ABA therapy

Independent Identity (II) is an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Day Program center for adults with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities in Austin, TX. ABA therapy uses principles of human behavior to increase socially significant behaviors and decrease challenging behaviors using reinforcement and other strategies.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Independent Identity's goal is to decrease the stress and worry for families of adults with autism and IDD while increasing independence and quality of life for those receiving services.

-increase job skills and sense of accomplishment for individuals receiving services
-increase social skills and elevate friendships for individuals receiving services
-increase leisure skills and quality of life for individuals receiving services
-increase independent living skills and accountability for individuals receiving services
-decrease worry and fear of the future for caregivers of individuals receiving services

The target client for Independent Identity will be adults with autism or IDD aged 18 or older and their family or caregivers who want to increase functional living skills for their loved ones. Specifically we specialize in serving adults who engage in aggression and property destruction and are not able to go into the community, clients who need support in learning job skills and maintaining employment, and/or clients who have little to no leisure activities or lack social skills. Initially, II will specifically target families who can utilize state granted benefit or private funds to pay for the tuition. In the future, II will work to target families who utilize insurance, Texas waiver programs, and Medicaid

Upon enrollment, a functional behavioral assessment (FBA) and individualized assessments will be conducted by a BCBA on each client. Several goals addressing decreasing challenging behaviors and increasing vocational, independent living, social, and leisure skills will be developed based on the results from the FBA. Each student will have a detailed treatment plan that guides the course of services.
Each day clients will work 1:1 with an Independent Instructor, who is a registered behavior technician (RBT), using strategies of ABA to teach targeted skills. Some target skills may focus on dressing, hygiene, conversation, money management, cooking, cleaning, stress management, taking turns, and playing games. Under the supervision and direction of a BCBA the RBTs will collect data and monitor progress to ensure each client is making progress. Programing and strategies will be modified as needed. As progress is made, staff and clients will work to generalize skills to the community and other environments.

Independent Identity will partner with local businesses to have actual leisure and work tasks to teach to clients both at our location and in the community. II will plan community outings to various places such as the movie theatre, grocery store, restaurants, and gyms. Initially, staff at II will pre-teach at our location the skills and behaviors needed to attend these outings. Following teaching, staff will accompany members on outings to continue to develop skills. II will also work to educate and bring autism awareness to the community.

Independent Identity will be an intensive day program where adults with autism and IDD ages 18+ will attend on a daily basis and receive ABA therapy. Clients will receive 20-40 hours a week of therapy to address individualized goals based on current deficits and challenges. The highly credentialed staff of Licensed Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) will supervise and direct staff, such as registered behavior technicians, to implement only research and evidence based strategies based on the principles of ABA.

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Independent Identity recently established 501 c 3 status with the IRS in 2019. A board of directors was created and continues to meet quarterly at this time.

Fundraising has begun in order to raise start up costs to begin providing services. Our start up goal is $73,046.33. So far, we have raised $2,925.00. We will be dependent on fundraising each year in order to sustain our program while making services as affordable for families as possible.

Fundraising will continue into the new year with the goal of opening in June 2020.

Independent Identity is in search of a local facilities, such as a community center or church, to use and rent from for the first two years of services.

Financials

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Independent Identity

Board of directors
as of 08/24/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sarah Rayburn

Amanda Digangi, PhD, BCBA-D

Sarah Rayburn, MPA

Caroline Nelson, JD

BJ Holcomb, CPA

Billie Jo King

Nicole Cagle

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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