Executive Director Letter

Welcome to the AFIL website, and thank you for taking the time to learn about our program. AFIL started in 1979 and continues today as a transitional life skills campus which includes supervised apartments for young men and women with intellectual and developmental disabilities. AFIL is the only transitional program of its kind in the DFW area. We serve young people who want to learn the skills necessary to become contributing members of their communities. We have a long history of successful instruction, and many of our graduates live independently and work at full time jobs. The need for this type of instruction is great. In the DFW area, there are 28,000 people with developmental disabilities who are in need of independent living skills and vocational training. We believe we have a model that is cost effective and results oriented. We want to share this model and expand into communities where the needs are greatest. AFIL is a non-profit organization and receives support from foundations and volunteer groups throughout the area. If you have a young adult who could benefit from this type of instruction, we would love to share our successful program with you. If you are associated with a group and would like to find out how you can become involved, we would love to talk with you and share information about the difference you can make in the lives of young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I look forward to hearing from you and hope we can partner together soon! Sincerely, Yolanda Warner

Frequently Asked Questions

Is AFIL classified as a group home or an assisted living environment?
No. AFIL does not provide the level of support available in those environments.  We are a private, non-profit life skills campus for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Our residents need structure, encouragement, reminders and opportunities to practice their social skills.

How is AFIL funded?
AFIL receives funding from tuition, room and board and rental fees from residents.   Equally important sources of funding are  grants and donations from foundations and individual donors and other interested community groups.  AFIL became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1979.

Does AFIL have a structured environment?
Yes.  Each student has an individual schedule, and the campus has a schedule.  Life skills education occurs through practical applications and scheduled learning opportunities.  These applications include, but are not limited to, cooking, job-readiness, budgeting, scheduling, managing laundry, social/recreational opportunities as well as learning to handle one’s own “down time”.  There are always staff on the AFIL campus, including live-in personnel.

What type of vocational support does AFIL provide?
AFIL staff provide vocational support and training.  Also, AFIL is certified to provide services through DARS (Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services).

Who can be an AFIL resident?
Students must have an intellectual and developmental disability as their primary diagnosis.  They are able to work and/or volunteer in the community at least part time.  Students must not require 24-hour awake supervision.

How are parents/families involved in the resident’s life?
Parents and/or families are part of the education process including goal setting and review.  They are encouraged to be an active participant in their resident’s program.

How often do AFIL residents visit family?
All residents must go home/leave the campus once per month on, “Must Go” weekend.