Independent Living for People With Disabilities
Some teens and young adults with disabilities such as cerebral palsy or Down syndrome need extra help preparing for independent living.
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 or guardian 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 require.
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 live in group homes with other people where they can get extra help 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 living.
- 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.
Current as of: October 6, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Susan C. Kim MD - Pediatrics
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Louis Pellegrino MD - Developmental Pediatrics