Guides: Independent Living
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New Horizons Un-Limited Publications
This guide was prepared by our NHU staff to assist those interested in transitioning from a nursing home or family home to an independent living environment. It will further provide an outline of necessary steps to begin the transitioning process, identifying your needs and your resources. This guide suggests items to consider before the transition to independent living takes place.
Links to Publications by OthersIndependent Living: Information and Resources for Adults with Disabilities
written by Chelsey Meyer, 2018. This guide is an overview of independent living, assessment, and skills training, including many resources.
The Independent Living Skills Protocol
Caregivers and professionals need an effective independent living skills checklist to teach learners who are about to live either independently or in a shared residence. This criterion-referenced independent living skills assessment tool in the AFLS is the perfect protocol to achieve successful functional living. Many transitions, college and independent living programs around the world are in need of this step-by-step guide to help define their learnerís strengths and weaknesses. Along with organization, household, financial, relationship management, and more! This Guide is not free, see their website.
What Does It mean to Live In My Own Place
Choosing where to live, who to live with, and how to live oneís life are basic rights. But for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) it can be particularly difficult to access those rights. In the past, living with family or in group homes may have been the only option. Today, many people arenít aware of the different funding and supports available to help them live on their own. Even more challenging, applying for and finding the right housing is a complicated process that can take a long time. To help people with I/DD understand their options for living independently in New York State, CUP worked with AHRC-NYC and design studio Second Marriage to create What Does It Mean To Live In My Own Place?, an illustrated guide. The foldout poster helps people with I/DD understand their rights and options, and address their questions on living independently. The guide also serves as a planning workbook to be filled out by people with I/DD and their supporters when they are preparing to live independently, complete with a list of resources on funding and where to get help.
What do I want to do? a DIY guide to self-assessment for Disabled people
This Gateshead Personal Assistance Pilot Project quide provides information and advice to disabled people who wish to live independently by using personal assistance. The Guide focusses on assessing your needs.
This guide, a publication of the United Spinal Association, serves as an excellent resource for any individual with a disability interested in developing their self-advocacy skills.