Independent / Community Living

In by Theresa Kulow

What is independent community living?

Learning how to be independent in your community through your transition team at school. Ideally, independent/ community living includes…

  • Learning about who you are and what you want in life.
  • Being part of your community, along with everyone else.
  • Doing things in your community.
  • Getting involved in fun activities you like.
  • Developing skills to live the life you choose.
  • Learning skills to be a part of your community. This includes caring for yourself, managing your health, and understanding the transportation system.

Independent/community living results in...

  • Being ready for life after high school.
  • Building relationships between you, others you can trust, and community organizations.
  • Developing life skills related to personal health, safety, transportation, and budgeting.
  • Asking for and receiving the supports you need and want from family, friends, and others in your community.
  • Living in your community on your own, with roommates, or with family.