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Independent Living

In this section we will talk about the subject of independent living for individuals that have cerebral palsy.

Some teens and young adults with cerebral palsy need extra help preparing for independent living. For example, learning to drive a car may require intensive training and a high level of assistance. Occupational therapists are trained to prepare people with disabilities for these types of events.

Some adults with cerebral palsy live at home until their parents pass away or are no longer able to care for them. These older adults may need the same level of training for independent living that teens and young adults require.

Major independent living skills include preparing meals, handling money properly and using a checkbook, knowing when and where to seek medical care, and driving a car or using public transportation.

Community agencies help people with cerebral palsy make the transition to independent living. Specially designed living spaces help some teens and young adults to live alone. Other teens and young adults choose to live in group homes, preferring the comfort of being around people and knowing that extra help is available if they need it.

For more information:

  • Talk with other parents about how they have helped their children with cerebral palsy adjust to independent living.
  • Find out about local agencies that help people with physical disabilities to live on their own.
  • Visit group homes in your community and talk with people who live there.



Debby Golonka, MPH


Susan Van Houten, RN, BSN, MBA

Associate Editor

Pat Truman, MATC

Primary Medical Reviewer

Michael J. Sexton, MD - Pediatrics

Specialist Medical Reviewer

Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics

Know the Assisted Housing Options for Adults With Cerebral Palsy

  1. Choose the type of assisted housing that's appropriate for your needs. Options range from board and care homes and nursing facilities with 24-hour supervision meals and medical supervision to individual apartments in assisted communities, which promote independent living.

  2. Know that adult housing facilities generally provide service to people who are between the ages of 18 and 59. People who are over 60 and adults who are between the ages of 18 and 59, but require medical care, may reside in continuing care retirement facilities.

  3. Realize transitional homes may be available for people who are at least 17 and are preparing to live independently for the first time.

Get Assisted Housing for Adults With Cerebral Palsy

  1. Find housing resources by state at DisabilityInfo.gov (see Resources below).

  2. Make a list of housing options, including residential care facilities.

  3. Visit the facilities. Be prepared to answer questions about your medical condition and the type of care you require.

  4. Ask questions about the type of care they provide. Include questions about meals, laundry, transportation, medical assistance, physical therapy facilities and social activities.

  5. Write down everything you like and dislike about the facility based on your initial interview.

  6. Make a second, unannounced visit to get a better sense of how the facility operates.

  7. Take time to speak with other residents about their experience with the facility.

Pay for Assisted Housing

  1. Use Social Security income or Supplemental Security Income to pay rent and expenses. Visit the Social Security website to learn more about qualifying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) (see Resources below).

  2. Apply for Section 8 housing vouchers distributed through the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

  3. Realize qualified renters pay only a percentage of the rent, which is based on their income and ability to pay.

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