By Jasmine Shen
Moving out of the house is a major step in any young adult’s life. To make the transition as smooth as possible, there are many aspects that should be considered. Here are some helpful tips from the Fragile X eBook that provide insight into various housing options, sources of funding, and points to consider before the big move.
It’s first important to note that while it’s never too late to start, the sooner the better.
Ideally, the moving process and transition should begin when your young adult is in high school. Starting the process itself may be daunting at first, but resources such as your local county disability organization and other parents who are knowledgeable about the system in your state may be useful.
If you don’t know your local disability organization, you can reach out to your local Arc office (search for “Arc of [your state]” or try their Find a Chapter tool), or visit the ECTA list of Part C coordinators by state, who can help with all state disability programs.
When figuring out which resources are the most helpful in beginning the moving process, it’s also beneficial to have a list of questions ready. Here are some helpful questions to guide the transition:
- How does the housing system work in our state?
- Is there/how much of a wait list is there?
- What are the housing options?
- What do I have to do to move this process forward?
Identify the Housing Options Most Important to You
Often, there is not a list of housing options in your state or area. Housing options can vary drastically from state to state, and even county to county. Additionally, just as options may not be identical within counties and states, every individual with Fragile X expresses a specific and unique set of needs. Instead of expecting a standardized housing model, it’s helpful to first create a list of the options most important to you and your young adult.