Some teens and young adults with disabilities such as
cerebral palsy or Down syndrome need extra help preparing for
Major independent living skills include preparing meals, managing
money, knowing when and where to seek medical
care, and using public transportation.
Some adults with disabilities live at home until their parents pass
away or are no longer able to care for them. These older adults may need the
same level of training for independent living that teens and young adults
Community agencies help people with disabilities make the
transition to independent living. Specially designed living spaces help some
teens and young adults to live alone. Other teens and young adults choose to
live in group homes, preferring the comfort of being around people and knowing
that extra help is available if they need it.
Some people find it helps to:
Talk with other parents about how they have
helped their children with disabilities adjust to independent
Find out about local agencies that help people with
disabilities to live on their own.
Get in touch with an occupational therapist, who is trained to prepare people with disabilities for independent living.
Visit group homes in
your community, and talk with people who live there.
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