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.

Pennsylvania Specific:

Community Living

For10_12

Skills and Strategies

  • Eat health 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 extra- curricular/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 under- standing 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 a coordination of services

Resources

Community Living

PYLN Secondary Transition Toolkit 2012
The Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network (PYLN) has created secondary transition toolkit to assist youth in their transition into the adult world. The best thing about the toolkit is that it was written and designed by youth with disabilities who are members of the Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network (PYLN) for youth. It can also be used with families and professionals as a youth-friendly Toolkit for transition.
PYLN Secondary Healthcare Transition Toolkit 2012
The Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network (PYLN) has created secondary healthcare toolkit to assist youth in their transition into the adult world. The best thing about the toolkit is that it was written and designed by youth with disabilities who are members of the Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network (PYLN) for youth. It can also be used with families and professionals as a youth-friendly toolkit for transition.
Autism Transition Handbook 1-Pager
The flyer explains that the goal of the Autism Transition Handbook is to establish a community of practice that supports individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families with access to the most current and comprehensive information on transition services in Pennsylvania. (Also see Autism Transition Handbook Website)
Secondary Transition Road Map
This document offers a road map for students navigating the secondary transition process that prepares students for adult life after they leave high school. Transition planning begins at age 14 as students explore and discover what they want their post-school outcomes to be through career awareness exploration activities.
Transition to Adult Living in Pennsylvania: Transition Health Care Checklist
The Pennsylvania Department of Health resource is a comprehensive resource designed to assist youth and families in making a successful transition to adult life. The document features special focuses on health and health related issues.
Secondary Transition Frequently Asked Questions
A series of questions regarding the planning and application of secondary transition services and activities. The questions were generated from educators, administrators and other educational professionals from the field.
Housing Services for Independent Living
This webinar addresses various provisions in PA's Home & Community Based Service Waivers that need to be considered in developing independent living models, including the 30 hour rule under the Consolidated waiver, the 50 hour rule under the Autism waiver and community integration under the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) waiver. The presenters describe creative approaches to coordinating home management and supportive services including micro-boards, mini- boards, and co-ops and provide information on actual examples of these models.
Secondary Transition: Guide to Housing Options
This document provides information for youth and families regarding resources and supports that promote successful community housing options for individuals with disabilities.
Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT)
Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT) strives to enhance the lives of all Pennsylvanians with disabilities, older Pennsylvanians, and their families, through access to and acquisition of assistive technology devices and services, which allow for choice, control and independence at home, work, school, play, and in their neighborhoods. This website directs the user to PAIT's resources and services.
Pennsylvania Recreation and Leisure Guide
Minnesota Compensatory Skills Checklist for Students with Hearing Loss
This resource from Minnesota provides a compensatory skills checklist for youth and young adults who are deaf or have a hearing loss
Cents and Sensibility - Guide for Financial Education
This resource developed by the Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation provides information concerning financial education for transition age youth and young adults
Financial Education Webinar PowerPoint - 11-20-13
Having an understanding of financial skills and money management is crucial for all youth and young adults transitioning to adult life. This session presented in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Technology Foundation (PATF) presented on November 20, 2013, provided information regarding the necessary financial skills that are needed for individuals with disabilities to live independently. Included in this presentation was information regarding the PATF’s Cents and Sensibility financial education booklet. (Also found on this website)
Communication Passport In Case of an Emergency
This document is designed to assist an individual with a disability to communicate information in case of an emergency.
Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities
This document provides information regarding how to prepare for a disaster for people with disabilities and other special needs.
Emergency Readiness Checklist for Individuals with a Disability
Emergency Readiness Checklist for Individuals with a Disability
Autism Transition Handbook Website
The goal of the Autism Transition Handbook Website (wiki) is to assist individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families by providing access to the most current and comprehensive information on the transition to adulthood.
April 1, 2015 - COP Webinar Transportation Resources and Strategies
As youth and young adults prepare to transition into post-secondary education/training, employment, and independent living opportunities, a critical aspect to maintaining success is having the knowledge and skills to safely and efficiently travel to-and-from a variety of end destinations. Direct and explicit instruction regarding transportation options to access one’s community is provided through travel instruction. This session will provide a broad overview of the established competencies to support the travel instructors’ service and instruction during community-based lessons as well as identify additional community transportation resources.
Travel Instruction Scope of Practice
The scope of practice is an official document of the Consortium for the Educational Advancement of Travel Instruction, Inc. (CEATI). This scope of practice was approved by the CEATI Board of Directors on March 1, 2010. Statement of Purpose The purpose of this document is to define the scope of practice in Travel Instruction in order to: 1. Delineate the domain of travel instruction practice that directs the focus and actions of services provided by travel instructors. 2. Delineate the dynamic process of travel instruction assessment and instructional services to achieve outcomes that support students’ function and independence in everyday activities; especially in the community. 3. Support travel instructors in the provision and delivery of high-quality, evidenced-based services to students with disabilities, other than blindness and visual impairment. 4. Inform students and the community (e.g. families, educators, other professionals, agencies, employers, health-care providers) about professional services offered by travel instructors as qualified service providers and the supports that can be provided by travel instructors to other professionals serving individuals with disabilities. 5. Provide guidance and support for educational preparation and professional development of travel instructors.
A Cost-Benefit Model for Travel Training
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY – TRAVEL INSTRUCTOR COMPETENCIES
This document contains information that Western Michigan University has developed Academic Competencies for the Effective Practice of Travel Instruction and Curriculum Areas for the Preparation of the Travel Instructor.
Pennsylvania Partnership for the Deaf-Blind (PPDB)
The PPDB exists to provide support for individuals with deafblindness and their families through a family-driven network. We support our members as they deal with the daily issues of life. PPDB has developed a guide to assist with transition which is available on their site.
Helen Keller National Center
The Helen Keller National Center provides information for youth and young adults who are deaf-blind. Information about training for employment and independent living is available, along with general information about deaf-blindness.
Hiram G. Andrews Center: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
The Hiram G. Andrews Center provides a comprehensive program of services featuring the integration of education on campus at the Commonwealth Technical Institute, counseling, evaluation and physical restoration in a barrier-free environment. The Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services unit, under the direction of a vocational rehabilitation manager, includes a Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deaf and certified interpreters.
April 27, 2016 COP Transition Webinar Assistive Technology for Youth with Complex Needs
This PowerPoint accompanied the April 27, 2016 Transition COP webinar regarding Assistive Technology for Youth with Complex Needs. Assistive Technology (AT) is an essential component of success for transition-age students with complex needs. Students who have the opportunity to experience and use a variety of tools in school for such tasks as communication, organization, navigation, and recall are more likely to transition successfully to adult life. This session will provide participants with a fresh perspective on the role of AT in transition as well as provide guiding questions and suggestions for addressing AT during multiple points throughout IEP development.
Promoting Independent Living: Family 1-Pager Guide
There are many aspects of independence for a young person with a disability and family members to consider. This family friendly 1-page guide addresses examples of activities in the school, home, and community that parents and family members can discuss with their youth.