Community Living

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Actively participating in community life is important for us all. This may include living in the community of our choice, housing, and being an active citizen where youth and young adults with disabilities. This section of our website includes information and resources to support community living.

Click on the following links to learn about community living.

Community Living

For10_12

Skills and Strategies

  • Eat healthy and exercise
  • Engage in extracurricular/community activities
  • Encourage friendships and understand what it means to be a good friend
  • Use assistive technology

Community Living

For12_14

Skills and Strategies

  • State your health care requirements and medication needs
  • Continue and expand engagement in extracurricular/community activities
  • Establish relationships (peers, friends, mentors)
  • Learn about resources in your community that can help you
  • Practice safe and suitable technology use

Community Living

For14_15

Skills and Strategies

  • Implement a time/money management plan
  • Explore transportation options (practice mobility skills)
  • Understand health/medical needs
  • Be informed of issues related to sexuality
  • Engage in community opportunities (community service, faith-based activities, youth groups, etc.)

Community Living

For15_16

Skills and Strategies

  • Describe what adult agencies can help you and connect with these agencies
  • Continue to develop healthy relationships that have a positive impact on your future
  • Understand what in the community is important to you and for you and further engage in these activities
  • Assess and know how to access transportation options

Community Living

For16_17

Skills and Strategies

  • Begin assuming and transfer of responsibility for health needs
  • Continue making healthy choices
  • Continue community involvement ensuring healthy lifestyle choices and understanding of risk behaviors
  • Continue involvement with the adult agencies that will assist you
  • Develop financial literacy skills
  • Describe potential changes to current benefits if employed

Community Living

For18_21

Skills and Strategies

  • Develop a plan for a balanced life (time management, school, work, leisure)
  • Register for selective service
  • Register to vote
  • Finalize independent living arrangements and community connections
  • Engage with adult supports to ensure coordination of services

Resources

Community Living

Parent Tips for Transition Planning
This resource explains the purpose of transition planning, answers frequently asked questions, and contains guided questions that support effective transition plan development.
The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth With Disabilities
This workbook helps youth to understand what it means to disclose a disability, make informed decisions about disclosing, and the impact disclosure can have on education, employment, and social life.
Going to College: A Resource for Teens with Disabilities Website
This website contains information about living college life with a disability. Designed for high school students, the site provides video clips, activities, and additional resources that can help youth get a head start in planning for college.
DC Partners in Transition Website
DC Partners in Transition is a group of DC stakeholders who are committed to improving the ability of DC youth with special needs and disabilities to successfully transition into education, employment, and independence. Click on the link to access resources, read the success stories of DC youth who have successfully transitioned, and discover information on upcoming events and ways to get involved.
A Path to Community Living Handbook
Developed by DC's Office of Disability Rights, A Path to Community Living Handbook was designed to assist people with disabilities to identify the services and supports they might need to successfully live in the community.
The Guideposts for Success: A Framework for Families Preparing Youth for Adulthood
Developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, this InfoBrief shares how the Guideposts for Success can be used as a framework from which families of youth with disabilities can consider the support needs of their youth during the transition planning process.
Charting the Course: Supporting the Career Development of Youth with Learning Disabilities
Developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, the Guideposts for Success for Youth with Learning Disabilities provides guidance to caring adults and youth service professionals for improving services and outcomes for youth, ages 14 to 25, with diagnosed and undiagnosed learning disabilities.
Ten Tips That May Help Your Child's Transition to Adulthood
This resource offers advice to parents on how to support their child's successful transition to postsecondary education, employment, and independent living.
Student-Directed Transition Planning Lesson Plans
Visit this link to access eight lessons teachers can use to teach their students the information needed to actively participate in their transition-focused IEP meetings.
Transfer of Rights Fact Sheet
Created by the Quality Trust and University Legal Services, this fact sheet shares information about supported decision-making and educational powers of attorney as options for youth who are approaching age 18.
My "Must Have" Papers
This guide for students shares tips on keeping and protecting personal records and information.
Keeping in Contact with Your Professional
This tip sheet shares some simple ways that students can stay in contact with transition services professionals, manage appointments, and use different modes of communication to receive and share important information.
Youth Transportation Education Curriculum
Easter Seals designed this curriculum to provide educators, transit professionals, and families with strategies for integrating transportation content, including travel instruction, into the educational experience for students with disabilities.
Easter Seals Youth Mobility and Transportation Resources
Easter Seals Project ACTION offers resources specifically designed to facilitate the use of transportation for students and young adults with and without disabilities, and build the resource capacity and knowledge of school and district personnel around coordinated inclusive transportation planning.
Friends: Connecting People with Disabilities and Community Members
Developed by the Institute on Community Integration (ICI), this manual is a resource for parents, educators, support coordinators, and people with disabilities that highlights the need for people with disabilities to develop friendships and build supportive relationships with community members and shares activities for fostering greater engagement and connection.
I Can Do It! A Micropedia of Living on Your Own
This engaging resource can be used to introduce older youth to information and skills they will need to successfully live on their own, including budgeting, housing, daily living, and relationships.
Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network Secondary Transition Toolkit
A toolkit designed by youth with disabilities who are members of Pennsylvania's Youth Leadership Network to assist youth with transitioning into the adult world.
Building a Bridge: A Resource Manual for High School Students
This handbook, created by the Connecticut Transition Task Force, aims to help students and family members to prepare for life after high school and includes personal checklists youth can use to get to know themselves.
Get Started Now: A Practical Guide for DC Students with Disabilities
Getting Involved in Volunteering (Youth in Action!)
This tip sheet for youth provides action steps for getting involved in their community.
Where Will Our Children Live When They Grow Up?
This webpage assists families as they begin to think about housing options for their child with a disability.
Help Your Young Adult Learn About Accessing Accommodations After High School
This tip sheet shares ways in which families can help young adults to understand, manage, and explain their disability to others and obtain needed accommodations.
Assistive Technology Program for the District of Columbia
(ATPDC) is a citywide program that helps all Washingtonians with disabilities and their families get the appropriate assistive technology devices and services to live independently. The ATPDC's services include an assistive technology resource center, AT device loan program, disability equipment recycling program and technical assistance and training. ATPDC serves all District of Columbia residents regardless of age, disability or income and most services are provided at no cost.
DC Center for Independent Living
The DC Center for Independent Living is a non-profit organization that assists DC residents with significant disabilities to live independently in their homes and in their communities.
University Legal Services: Protection and Advocacy Program for the District of Columbia
University Legal Services (ULS) is a private, non-profit organization that serves as the District of Columbia's federally mandated protection and advocacy system for the human, legal, and service rights of people with disabilities. Our services include information and referral; education and training; investigation of reported or suspected instances of abuse or neglect; individual advocacy; systemic litigation; and technical assistance regarding legislative and policy concerns. All services are offered free of charge to eligible individuals in accordance with ULS' available resources and policies.
A Path to Preparedness
This handbook assists persons with disabilities in creating a safety plan and recording information related to their health, medical and transportation needs, social networks, resources, equipment, and skills and abilities prior to an emergency.
Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities
Quality Trust is an independent, non-profit advocacy organization focused on improving the lives of children and adults with disabilities and their families. They work with individuals and family members to solve problems, identify opportunities for learning and contribution and find creative ways to minimize “differences” and make the most of each person’s abilities.
Accommodation Information by Disability: A to Z
A searchable online resource that provides ideas for accommodations and a list of contact organizations.
Food and Nutrition at College
This module provides students with basic knowledge about the importance of eating a healthy diet.
Writing Annual Goals and Postsecondary Goals
This handout provides information on how to write annual and postsecondary goals for transition plans for students with disabilities. This short guide provides tips about how to write compliant and meaningful transition goals in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.