The community though is bigger than just living independently. It’s important for your child to know how to join social clubs, rec centers, and make friends.
What’s My Role?
Develop your child’s competency in: (a) managing finances, (b) selecting, managing and maintaining a home; (c) caring for personal needs; (d) raising children and living as a family; (e) buying and preparing food; (f) buying and caring for clothes; (g) engaging in civic activities; (h) using recreation and leisure; and (i) getting around the community.
Encourage your child to take on responsibility for self-care (taking medication, preparing their lunch, waking up on time). High school is a great time to be the training wheels on their “life bike” to help them continue to move forward.
Want to Learn More?
- DC CIL assists DC Residents with significant disabilities to live independently in their homes or communities.
- This manual is to help people with disabilities increase community membership
- I Can Do It! A great away to introduce to youth skills they will need to live on their own.
- Where will our children live when they grow up?
- PACER Center has this great 10 tools to help your child navigate safely puberty and adolescence