Supporting independent living through affordable, inclusive housing

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) defines transition services in a manner that includes preparing students for independent living, when appropriate. The last part of the definition states that transition services describe a set of activities that include instruction, related services, community experiences, the development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives, and if appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation. [34 CFR 300.43 (a)] [20 U.S.C. 1401(34)]

Through collaborative work between schools, Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and other community agencies, youth can grow in self-determination and attain access to the experiences and supported needed to achieve independence.

The Housing Section provides information and resources for school professionals, students and families regarding housing options for students with disabilities. The information in this section is divided into the following pages: