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Pathways to Independence

Pathways to Independence profiles the competency skills necessary to lead an independent life within the community, from the basic skills of eating and dressing, to using information and amenities and looking after money. It provides checklists to measure independence in everyday life and self-help for personal and social skills. It can also be used to assess and record progress and determine the level of support needed.

Age range

Young children, young people and adults.

Who can use it?

Any relevant professional. Ordering restricted to schools/institutions only.

How is it used?

The assessment is based on the completion of checklists of competency skills required to lead an independent life. The results include a visual profile which provides strengths and weaknesses.

What can it tell us?

Scores from Pathways to Independence are matched to an overall matrix of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. The scores can be compared with those of hearing peers of the same age.


  • Updated version includes use of technology such as microwaves and other electrical appliances.
  • Can be used for programmes involving children with difficulties, for teenagers and adults with learning or physical difficulties, and for rehabilitation programmes.


  • Have to pay for individual copies of the checklists.

Is there a cost?


Where can I access it?