As youth approach adulthood, thought and planning should go into where they would like to live in the future. Being aware of all the options available is important in making the best decisions possible.
Young adults and their families may decide that remaining in the family home is the best option for now. Those who qualify for services through Mercer DD may be able to have a provider come into the home. This person could help with personal care, independent living skills, community access, etc.
Young adults may choose to live in a home or apartment that they own/rent. Some individuals live with others and share the living expenses. Individuals who qualify for services through Mercer DD may receive waiver services to help with expenses.
The Arc of Mercer County owns many homes throughout the county. Arc homes allow individuals with disabilities an opportunity to live in a safe environment within their community. Individuals must qualify for services through Mercer DD to live in an Arc home.
A person with developmental disabilities may choose to live in a home with a paid provider. This person may be a caregiver who becomes an independent provider, or someone who works through an agency. This service is called Ohio Shared Living. Additional information regarding this service can be found at their website.
It is important for families to consider what types of support may be needed to assist young adults with any independent living concerns.
If a young adult finds themselves needing support with rent/food/utilities, Job and Family Services (JFS) may be able to offer some income-based assistance. There may also be resources available through other local supportive service agencies, such as WOCAP (West Ohio Community Action Partnership), C.A.L.L. Ministries or Our Home.
If the young adult is eligible for services through Mercer DD, he/she should contact their SSA (Services and Supports Administrator). The SSA will assess their needs, talk about where they may like to live, and explain some resources that may be able to make this possible. for
Ohio has established a Technology First Initiative. This means that technology is considered as part of all services and supports for people with disabilities served by County Boards of DD. The goal is to increase independence and freedom in their communities. Supportive technology includes remote support and assistive technology.
For more information on supportive technology resources, services and trainings, check out the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council’s Assistive and Supportive Technology Resources Guide. Bridging Apps is a website that surveys apps for all different ages and needs. It offers videos and links on how to find and use them for fitness, mental health, fun, finances, ordering food, and more. The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities also has a number of Technology First You-Tube Videos highlighting various technologies.
The Nisonger Center at OSU has a model apartment filled with technologies to support those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It is called the Smart Home Discovery Place. Visitors may contact them to take tours. The goal is to provide awareness and allow hands on trials of some current technologies that may support independence.