Continence is a basic need that affects a person’s health, self-esteem, dignity, and quality of life. Mastery of toileting skills promotes inclusion at home, school, and in the community. We believe that current and accessible resources, information, and support should be available to each individual, parent/caregiver, and team who have identified toilet-learning as a priority goal and life skill.
The Continence Project’s mission is to make a difference in the lives of individuals by supporting those who are working towards increased independence in toileting. Using a framework of Self-Determination for each person, the Continence Project provides consultation, training, and resources to help remove the barriers to full inclusion created by chronic incontinence. Our mission is to promote the health and well-being of all children and young adults through collaboration and resource-sharing.
The Continence Project is staffed from September 1, to June 30. The cutoff for new referrals is April 30th. Referrals sent between May 1-August 30 will not receive a response, so referrals must be re-sent on or after September 1 to receive a response.
The Continence Project works to:
- Collect and share resources about continence and toilet-learning. Materials are relevant for parents/caregivers, educators and school teams, child care providers, health care and mental health providers, and students/individuals with or without disabilities.
- Provide team support and consultation (technical assistance) to individuals, schools, agencies, teams, and families who are working to develop and implement toileting programs.
- Provide parent and team workshops and trainings statewide to support those working on toilet-learning goals.
- Collaborate with agencies, schools, and organizations statewide with the goal of mastering toileting skills as a priority for all children and young adults
- Respect and honor each individual’s personal goals, using a Self-Determination framework of participation.
- Remain current in best practice around teaching toileting skills to individuals experiencing incontinence.
The Continence Project is a project of UVM’s Center on Disability and Community Inclusion with funding support from the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP) through the University of Vermont Medical Center.