Personal Stories and First-Hand Experiences
Guided by moderator Hilary Rosselot, our four guests — Susan Buchanan, Nancy Carlson, Tracey Franks, and Ileen Rissmiller — discuss adult housing for individuals living with developmental disabilities from their perspective as parents.
During the webinar, the parents expressed ideas and important reminders for others to consider when exploring housing options for their loved ones:
- Contact your local ARC. To locate your local chapter, try the Arc chapter finder, or search for “Arc” and your state name.
- Contact the department in your state that supports individuals with developmental disabilities. The name may vary from state to state:
- Ask the caseworker or state department for a list of ALL options that may be available.
- Identify and navigate financial resource options that may be available.
- Special Education teachers and staff are a great resource in knowing what options may be available in your area.
- Speaking with other families and parents, regardless of the disability, may give you valuable insight and tips in navigating the options in your area:
- Tell the specific agency, host home, or organization that you are looking for references and wish to speak with others who have used their services.
- Understand the terminology. For example, one panelist shared an option of a “host home.” While another panelist shared that in their area this type of option was referred to as a “foster home.”
Before the live webinar, we asked each of the presenters to prepare a video about their housing options. We then asked registered attendees to review them prior to the live webinar so they could prepare their questions, which they discuss in the video.
These are the videos shared with attendees, and where you can find more in-depth information on each housing option from each of our presenters: