Whether you have a disability or you’re a parent of a child with a disability, we’re hoping that this blog post will help answer questions and show you some of the resources available for you and/or your child.

The purpose of this post is to remind yourself (and your child) that it’s important not to let a disability keep you from living your best life. As young people with disabilities move from their teen to adult years, they and their families may experience different growing pains.

There are opportunities to pursue adult lives that reflect their goals, dreams, and ambitions.

Use your resources.

There are websites devoted to disability, as well as articles that talk about a variety of issues that people face on a daily basis. There are support groups, programs, and therapists available to help you through difficult times or transitions in life.

Know the benefits available.

If one or both of your parents have a disability, you could benefit from Social Security. The Supplemental Security Income program will also pay benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources. Look into some potential resources online, and don’t hesitate to contact them with questions. Ask your doctor or financial advisor what some of the benefits are.

Assisted Living for Young Adults.

Young adults with disabilities are very capable of living away from home. Depending on the disability, it might be beneficial to look into an assisted living environment for your loved one.

It can be a great setting for your young adult to develop new skills and interests while also making new friends. Look for a place that provides a safe and supportive environment for adults with developmental disabilities. Assisted living allows your loved one to live a life that is more independent, but they will still have 24-hour supervision if needed.

Final Thoughts.

Just because someone has a disability does not mean that they aren’t normal or should be viewed as anything other than equal. Take a look at this young woman’s video in which she explains how she tries to live the best life she can. It’s a great reminder that a disability doesn’t have to run your life.

Do you have any helpful advice? We’d love to hear from you in our comments section. If you’d like to set up a time to meet up with Reka, you can contact her by phone at 402-881-8125, by email at reka@omaha-counseling.com, or via Twitter or Facebook.

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