If you’re a parent with an adult child who has disabilities, you know that they will someday want to live independently. And as you prepare for that day, you probably have many questions about it. Here are some common questions that parents often ask, some ways that Easterseals Arkansas can help you prepare, and some incredible success stories to encourage you along the way.
Can my adult child with a disability live independently?
Yes, they can. The staff at Easterseals Arkansas knows that you want the highest level of independence for your child. In fact, for over 70 years, the Adult Services programs have shown parents and families what strength, resilience, and independence that their children are capable of.
Success stories also show this to be true. Check out these stories of some incredible people who have shown their families, their employers, and the Easterseals Arkansas staff what it means to live independently as a disabled adult.
These stories are just a few of the many that the Easterseals Arkansas staff can tell you about. Above all, these stories show how disabled adults can:
- Enjoy special activities at home and in the community.
- Participate in work and athletic groups to share their joy and talents with others.
- Continue their education when they choose to do so.
- Find support in leading a meaningful life because of your devotion and Easterseals Arkansas services.
How can an adult with a disability live independently?
Now that you’ve read about the lives and interests of some community representatives, it helps to learn how Easterseals Arkansas promotes independent living for adults with disabilities.
Through generous donations and various government-funded programs, the Adult Services programs offer your adult child housing options that are funded in part through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Options include:
- Four distinct apartment communities of independent living apartments. Each complex includes up to 17 ground-floor units as well as a community room, laundry area, and on-site manager.
- A residential setting for 10 people who have specialized care that supports their well-being and independence with self-care skills.
Adult Services programs provide adults with disabilities a range of options that encourage fun, learning, and community relationships. These services provide:
- Job training and employment with individualized job counseling and a variety of work settings. SET for success is one option for your child who is transitioning to adulthood.
- Literacy options, including a technology lab and reading clubs
- A unique program called ACCE, which offers adults with disabilities a college experience as they prepare to enter the workforce. Easterseals Arkansas partners with UA Little Rock to offer this meaningful educational option.
- Therapies that help with communication, strength, and daily skills
- Healthy meals and cooking lessons
- Volunteer programs and social activities
The programs also ensure that eligible individuals have the option of in-home services through the Medicaid Waiver program. These include guiding your adult child toward independent living with:
- Supportive training to increase daily living skills
- Transportation to community events and special places, such as parks and libraries
- Supported employment, including competitive placements
- Adaptive equipment and special medical supplies
What are the Signs that My Adult Child is Ready to Live Independently?
Every staff member here knows that disabled adults have unique interests, gifts, and needs. That is one reason why Easterseals Arkansas offers the range of services and activities that it does. We hope to put your mind more at ease by sharing signs that your adult child is ready to live independently as they:
Supporting your adult child’s independence
As you reviewed this list of services, you most likely wondered about your adult child’s readiness to transition to independent living. This is completely understandable. You can be assured that Easterseals Arkansas will partner with you and your adult child as you prepare to take this important step.
The staff aims to put your mind more at ease by recognizing your child’s potential, fostering it, and using it to support them on their way to independence.
For more information
Every person with disabilities deserves care, love, and support. We understand this, and we’re determined help your adult child live a full, independent lifestyle with ongoing support and community interaction. We also want you to have the assurances you need that we’ll continually advocate for and support your adult child’s well-being, just as you do.
Contact us today at (501) 227-3600 to get involved or to learn more about how we can help you and your loved one.
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