I graduated with a Master degree in Social Work a year ago now after battling my mental health disability over the past 8 years while earning two degrees. I started my own program before finishing my Master. Now I have a federal job as an Office Automation Assistant. I encourage all who are earning degrees to plan ahead before walking across the stage. Don't just dream of the job be working on that all along the way. ...more »
6. Taking Care of Daily Life & Supports
Taking Care of Daily Life & Supports
What ideas do you have to help you and your peers take care of daily life and find other supports to become successful adults? This topic includes ideas for how other people can help you and your peers find housing, use transportation, manage your money, take care of daily needs, and locate other supports when you need them. When you are ready to share your ideas click the Submit New Idea Button on the right to join the conversation!
My concern is that policy wise, the federal government is not adequately prepared to meet the transition needs of young adults with autism. Once a young adult with autism finishes high school there is what I refer to as a "cliff" where there is a lack of availability of high quality home and community based services and supports to help them transition. My last idea applies to what I am saying about Individuals with Autism ...more »
Home and Community Based services :housing, employment, personal attendant services, health care is important for individuals with disabilities to have a successful transition. There are too many barriers like underfunding and waitlist that make these services difficult to obtain. Government Agencies like Administration for Community Living (part of Department of Health And Humans Services) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid ...more »
Find out what resources are available to enhance independence. For example, some people with disabilities may be eligible for Personal Care Assistance, special transportation, etc. Also look into what assistive technology could help.
Navigating social security when it comes to disability benefits can be overwhelming and confusing. Do you feel that youth who are thinking about using social security understand the rights and resonsibilities that are attached? If not, what are some ideas to better inform youth and their support systems about what is required?
Something that I've learned in becoming more and more independent is that it's hard to do it alone. Don't be afraid to ask for help, it doesn't mean you're weak
Many of our young adults are having a hard time finding housing on their own while working part time jobs because they just don't make enough money. The lack of social activities and the ability to meet people makes it hard for them to locate suitable roommates. I would like to see a service that could match potential roommates and facilitate them meeting one another to gauge compatibility. Several roommates pooling resources ...more »
“Different ability, not disability”; “Look at the able, not the label”; “Keep telling me what I cannot do; It’ll only make it more interesting when I accomplish it.” These constitute three of many power statements as pillars for anthems that anybody enduring great challenges can express to show their real strength. Those who use them and practice them in their daily lives achieve success and happiness against all odds. ...more »