A Person Centered Approach and an Individual Plan should be the foundation of the framework for housing. It’s important to assess any housing options through the lens of what the individual’s needs, skills and desires are. There are tools on the web which can guide an individual/family through this process. An individual plan should consider the whole life of the individual, not only housing. Can he/she be alone during the day? What are his/her employment possibilities? Is further training needed or job supports? How will he/she maintain a social life and other interests such as religion, hobbies, family get-togethers, sporting events, etc.
Requesting a person centered transition plan during the school years is strongly recommended. This is a resource that is a right as educational services (See IDEA, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) are an entitlement. At age 16 years, school systems are required to develop a transition plan for adulthood or adult life. Too few people take advantage of this requirement.
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