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Renters’ Rights and Housing Assistance for People with Disabilities – “Just Great Lawyers” site.

Living independently is a goal for many adult children with disabilities. It’s an important part of having a fulfilling life, and the drive for freedom exists regardless of ability.

Medical advancements, supportive therapies, and architectural trends have made it possible for adult children with special needs to not only live, but thrive among their peers. Today, people with Down syndrome typically live well into their 60s, which is several decades longer than in past generations.

Many people with Down syndrome live and work independently, and so do many other adult children with disabilities. Adults with autism and other intellectual spectrum disorders are no exception.

Most parents never wish to limit their child’s potential, but fear can give way to sheltering. But the truth is, adults with disabilities can form a shelter and a family all their own under the right circumstances.

Managing Your Child’s Transition to Adulthood – “My Child without Limits” site.

As any parent of an adolescent knows, a child’s transition into adulthood presents extraordinary opportunities for growth, reflection, and responsibility. The child with special needs faces all of these changes along with the added challenges brought on by his or her individual disability. It is not unusual for a child with special needs to have a specialized set of caregivers and support organizations in place for guidance and direction through these complicated years.

However, at some point in a child’s early adolescence, most families suddenly realize that the services and programs that they rely on to care for the child will soon disappear, These will be replaced by radically different benefits, most of which abruptly come into play once a son or daughter leaves the public education system, which often provides the bulk of the child’s care and daily structure. This may happen at any time between age 18 and 23, depending on the state and the child’s particular needs. Managing this transition from juvenile services to adult care presents one of the greatest difficulties and sources of stress for parents of children with special needs.

Guide to Remodeling a Home for Adults with Special Needs – “Big Rentz” site.

Most parents become empty nesters at some point, when their kids grow up and move out on their own. But when a child has special needs, there’s a chance that time will never come. That doesn’t mean parents can’t give young adults with disabilities more independence. With some thoughtful modifications, it’s possible to turn your home into a multigenerational space that provides adult children the opportunity to do more for themselves, while keeping them under the same roof.

Special Needs Checklist: How Disability-Friendly is Your City? – “Your Storage Finder” site.

The city you live in can have an enormous impact on your quality of life – especially if you have a disability. From wheelchair accessible sidewalks to employment options to the weather itself, there are a variety of characteristics that can determine whether your hometown is a good place to live.

Vocational Training for Adults with Special Needs – “Vocational Training” site.

Being disabled should not be a reason for anyone to be excluded from getting an education. Many disabled individuals find it difficult to access programs which cater for their unique needs, especially in the vocational training space.