Choosing the right living arrangement is an important decision for any family with a child transitioning into adulthood. The choice can be even more challenging when the young adult has a disability.
The necessary supports vary from person to person. Whether the young adult chooses to live independently with limited assistance or in a more supported and supervised setting, there are several helpful resources available. Asking questions and visiting potential residences are key to making the best decision.
When determining where a young adult with a disability should live, families should consider all the options. Should the individual live independently? If so, should he or she live in a home or apartment? Will he or she require subsidized or accessible housing? If the individual cannot live independently, should he or she stay in a supported living environment with staff to assist a few hours a week or with more intensive daily staff supports? Should the young adult live with parents or other relatives? The more these questions are considered and answered, the better the likelihood of finding a successful housing solution.
Types of living arrangements
Funding sources for individuals with developmental disabilities
IEP planning for living arrangements
Residential support options
Checklist for moving to a new home
Helpful websites for community living