Transition to Adulthood - Shared Living to Independent Living

Transition to Adulthood - Shared Living to Independent Living 

Independent living looks different for everyone, but one over-arching commonality ties all experiences of independent living together: the individual should have a choice in their living situation. This is especially important for people with disabilities, given a long history of institutionalization and being segregated in community life. This course will help you learn how to promote and prepare young people with disabilities for independent living. You will learn about several strategies and supports that exist for individuals with disabilities to live independently in the community of their choice, including information on Medicaid’s Home and Community-Based Services.


Hours: 1.25


Certificates provided by accrediting body (0 Match)

Course Details

Course Code: REL-IDD-0-TE4
Hours: 1.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 11/30/2023
Learning Objectives:
Describe how different supports, such as Medicaid’s Home and Community-Based Services, assist individuals with disabilities with living independently.
List skills that help young people with disabilities prepare for transitioning to independent living after high school.
Describe how to promote independent living and prepare people with disabilities for transition into independent living.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Supports for Independent Living A. A Place for Yolanda B. Deinstitutionalization C. The Olmstead Decision D. Home and Community-Based Services E. Vocational Rehabilitation – Independent Living F. Centers for Independent Living G. Review H. Summary Section 3: Skills for Independent Living A. Social Skills B. Public vs. Private Information C. Personal Care Skills D. Self-determination E. Rights F. Travel Instruction G. Review H. Summary Section 4: Promoting and Preparing for Independent Living A. Person-Centered Thinking and Planning B. Supporting Independent Living C. Social Networks and Natural Supports D. Options for Housing E. The Role of Staff F. Resources for Financing Housing G. Review H. Summary Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations! F. Exam G. BrainSparks

Instructor: Nellie Galindo, MSW, MSPH
Nellie Galindo received her Masters of Social Work and Masters of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked with individuals with disabilities in several different settings, including working as a direct service provider for individuals with mental illness and leading a youth program for young adults with disabilities. She has facilitated and created trainings for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the areas of self-advocacy, healthy relationships, sexual health education, and violence and abuse prevention. Mrs. Galindo has worked in state government assisting individuals with disabilities obtain accessible health information in their communities, as well as utilizing the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure equal access to healthcare services. Disclosure: Nellie Galindo, MSW, MSPH has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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