Housing Options for Young Adults With Learning Disabilities
Victoria Scanlan Stefanakos
Some young adults with
may not be ready to live on their own. Here are housing options to consider if your child needs more support or skills for independent living.
Living at Home
Many young adults live at home for a while after high school. You can use this time to teach life skills such as shopping and money management. If you think your child will be living with you long-term, look for ways to provide more autonomy. Consider changes to your living space to help your child begin the transition to adulthood while keeping a connection to familiar surroundings.
One way to see if your child is ready for independent living is to sign up for a transitional program. It allows young adults to live away from home for three months or longer while learning life skills. Find information about these residential programs at
Parent Training and Information Centers
(PTIs) and by searching online.
Does your child need help handling some of the responsibilities of adulthood? Supported living offers a broad range of services. For example, your child could live alone but have someone come in to help with daily living skills. This could include anything from cooking to using the internet. Programs are offered through cities and towns, through high school and community college partnerships, and through private companies.
Group Homes With Services
If you think your child will need ongoing support, you may want to look into group homes for young adults. Usually, a service provider owns and staffs the home where six or eight residents live together. Group home living promotes increased independence, provides a social group, and is usually designed for people with similar challenges. Staff members teach daily living and self-help skills. You can find information about these programs through