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CBI Trips



Westside CBI Field Trips





Community-Based Instruction (CBI) is an effective instructional method for teaching, in real-life settings and under the supervision of educators, the skills that students will need for functional daily living as productive adults. CBI has been documented as an evidence-based practice by the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center.  

In the short term, CBI helps students develop age-appropriate skills for functioning outside the school environment. Ultimately, CBI prepares students for successful transition to adulthood after graduation, helps students to live independently, and enhances their quality of life.

CBI programs are hands-on and are implemented during trips to community locations. CBI is individualized to meet the particular needs of a student and to teach skills which relate to specific IEP goals or objectives. The following are four CBI domains:

  • Domestic – self-care and grooming, wellness, nutrition, cooking, laundry, housekeeping
  • Vocational – career exploration, employability skills, instructions, rules, schedules
  • Community – transportation, libraries, shopping, post office, restaurants,
  • Recreation and Leisure – crafts, games, parks, YMCA, bowling, golfing, movies, amusement parks

Academic, communication, and social skills are incorporated into CBI and may include the following:

  • Advocating for oneself
  • Purchasing groceries
  • Balancing a checkbook
  • Doing laundry
  • Using the public library
  • Locating, carrying and/or purchasing items in stores
  • Utilizing public transportation
  • Attending community events
  • Ordering food in a restaurant
  • Identifying potential employers through site visits

Trips to community locations occur concurrently with classroom instruction. Students may initially learn and practice a skill in the classroom; they will eventually practice the skill by applying it in a home or community setting. For example, a student who learns math skills in the classroom may later practice those skills during a shopping expedition.

Community-based instruction benefits students, parents and caregivers, educational staff, and the community. Some of the benefits, many of which include:

  • Students increase appropriate behaviors for work and community settings, independence and mobility, and the ability to generalize skills and knowledge to new situations.
  • Parents/Caregivers increase commitment, communication, cooperation, and participation in planning, programming, and skills identification.
  • Educational staff increases creativity, commitment, communication, and motivation.
  • Communities increase awareness of the potential of individuals with disabilities and school/private sector partnerships.





Dear parents:

We are excited about our community based instruction program this year.  We know your child will learn and enjoy his/her training throughout the community.  We also want to make this experience a safe one.  In order to help us do this we would like to ask that you complete this form and send a copy of your insurance/Medicaid card.  This will help us get medical attention for your child in case of an emergency.  If you have any question, please call,



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Teacher Name                                                                                                  Phone Number




School:______________________________________________ School Year:_____________________


Student Name:________________________________________ Date of Birth:____________________


Student Address______________________________________________________________________


Parent/Guardian Name:________________________________________________________________


Contact Phone Number:________________________________________________________________


Family Doctor___________________________________       Phone:________________________ _





Other Contacts that can assume responsibility:


1.______________________________________________ Phone_______________________________


2.  _____________________________________________ Phone_______________________________





Please list all medication that your child is currently taking:


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Please list any known allergies of your child:






__________________________________ has my permission to participate in the community based instructional program.  I understand that this instruction will periodically take place off school property at various locations in our community.  The content of the instruction will be outlined in his/her Individualized Educational Plan. It is my understanding that the person listed above may be photographed during various activities throughout community based instruction.  I understand that these photographs may be used for development and training of school personnel as well as public relations, which will provide the community with information regarding the program.  I give permission for my child to participate in the community based instructional program.






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Parent/Guardian Signature                                                                                         Date