Independent Living

What does Transition Planning for Independent Living mean?

This domain covers the skills a person needs to function independently in life, and may include such areas as cooking, transportation, budgeting, safety, technology, housing, time management, social, etc.

How should a student prepare for Independent Living?
  • Develop good hygiene
  • Learn how to budget
  • Learn how to get around (transportation)
  • Learn safety
  • Learn about technology
  • Learn about time management
  • Learn appropriate social skills

What is “Guardianship” and what does it have to do with Independent Living?
When a student turns 18, they become their own legal guardian. The means that they are competent to make their own decisions and sign their own paperwork, unless it is proven otherwise. So, for some students with significant cognitive disabilities, parents who wish to retain authority after the student turns 18 may decide to apply for “guardianship.” However, even adults with significant cognitive disabilities are very capable of making decisions and becoming employed. The trend is now to help all students with disabilities to become productive and engaged citizens in society.
For more information, check out the following resources:
Guardianship Associates of Utah — non-profit organization that provides infomation and services
Court Forms and Instructions for guardianship and conservatorship in Utah.
 (Content above obtained  from Davis School District .)

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