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
    • Hand hygiene (from the MN Dept of Health): includes age-appropriate teaching ideas
    • Games for teaching hygiene

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 severe disabilities, parents who wish to retain authority after the student turns 18 may decide to apply for “guardianship.” There are five main types of guardianship: guardianship of person, guardianship of property, full guardianship, limited guardianship, and temporary guardianship.
For more information, check out the following resources:
Public Guardian Services — from the Utah Department of Human Services
Guardianship for adults in Utah — Fact Sheet from the Disability Law Center
Guardianship Associates of Utah — non-profit organization that provides infomation and services
Court Forms and Instructions for applying for guardianship
 (Content above obtained  from Davis School District .)
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