Independent Living

Displaying
results

Beyond Guardianship: Toward Alternatives That Promote Greater Self-Determination

According to the National Council on Disability (NOD), guardianship is overused and often unnecessarily deprives individuals with disabilities of their rights. Typically, guardianship involves a state-court determination that an individual lacks the capacity to make decisions with respect to their health, safety, welfare, and/or property. Yet, there are many alternatives to guardianship that increase the ability of individuals with disabilities to exercise self-determination, live and work in the community, and participate in civic life. The report explores these alternatives and includes recommendations that will help align the use of guardianship and decision-making alternatives with the Americans with Disabilities Act and national policies of equal access and opportunity.

Read more about Beyond Guardianship, and access it in multiple forms (PDF, Word, summary).

Charting the LifeCourse Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to help caregivers understand the value of respite, learn from real life examples, and create a respite plan that enhances the lives of all family members. It’s meant for family caregivers of a child or adult with a disability, chronic condition, or functional limitation (or professionals who work with family caregivers). The toolkit, which is available in English and Spanish, is built upon the Charting the LifeCourse Framework, which was created BY FAMILIES to help individuals and families of all abilities and all ages: (a) develop a vision for a good life, (b) think about what they need to know and do, (c) identify how to find or develop supports, and (d) discover what it takes to live the lives they want to live.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Final Rules

The bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), (Pub. L. 113-128), signed by President Obama on July 22, 2014, represents the most significant reform to our public workforce development system in nearly 20 years. Find out more about WIOA in these two publications, which contain information on a set of final regulations implementing WIOA that encourage customer-centered, job-driven strategies, such as career pathways, business engagement systems, sector strategies, and work-based learning; and emphasize a commitment to high-quality services for all populations, including individuals with barriers. to employment.

Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits for Transition Age Youth

2014 | This webcast, produced by the VCU RRTC*, provides a summary of the eligibility requirements for the most common Social Security benefits received by transition-age youth: Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Child’s Benefits, and Childhood Disability Benefits. Instruction is provided about how to begin the application process for each benefit as well as what to expect during the application process.

What You Need To Know About Your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) When You Turn 18

This booklet was produced by the Social Security Administration for youth who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and their parents, teachers, health providers, caregivers, or representatives. It helps youth prepare for the transition from school to adult life and provides information on the many services and types of supports available from Social Security and other federal and state agencies as youth prepare to transition to higher education and employment.

Accessible Properties for People with Disabilities

This article discusses a lawsuit filed by the Equal Rights Center (ERC) and the decision by the U. S. District Court for the District of Maryland that the defendant must comply with the Fair Housing Act by ensuring that properties are accessible to people with disabilities before they are occupied, not afterwards. The court further ruled in Equal Rights Center v. Equity Residential that developers cannot avoid compliance with this law by transferring properties to another company following development.

Center for Future Planning

Useful to: Parents Centers and service providers working with families of young adults and adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. The Center for Future Planning, a resource provided by the Arc, encourages adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families to plan for the future. The Center provides information and assistance to individuals […]

Search within Results

Refine Results

Audiences
Formats
Languages
Produced By
Highly Rated