This is part 1 of a 2-part session focusing on different ways to find independent housing for your loved one with an intellectual and/or developmental disability.
Part 1 of this discussion takes place from 9:00am - 9:45am and will involve:
- Introduction to 3 methods of independent housing
- Building smart homes for individuals with I/DD - Monarch Residential Services
- Tiny House - Vanderbilt University
We will take a 15-minute break at 9:45am and resume again at 10:00am for part 2.
Part 2 of this discussion takes place from 10:00am - 10:45am and will involve:
- Community setting housing - Our Place Nashville
- Lively open discussion regarding these three avenues and different supports that you can use in your community to help you find independent housing for your loved ones.
For parents across the country, finding independent housing opportunities for their adult sons and daughters with intellectual and developmental disabilities can be a huge challenge. Some cities have wonderful resources; but many, if not most, do not. For those of you still looking for answers, we’d like to bring some scenarios to your attention that might meet your loved one’s needs and give you peace of mind. We have three specific examples to present: 1) new technologies that can make most any house accessible, 2) a tiny house that a family can build for the son or daughter who needs some supports but also needs privacy, and 3) an affordable intentional community model that can be replicated across the country.
Smart Home Technology
Monarch Residential Services, Managed Care Organizations, and Technology Companies have come together in North Carolina to promote awareness and use of Smart Home Technologies in residential facilities and individual supported-living apartments. Smart Home devices aid and empower individuals with disabilities to live the life they desire. They also come with significant bonuses. They build confidence in and comfort to the person’s direct support staff. Smart Home Technology also has positive outcomes from a business perspective by helping providers manage care on decreasing revenues.
Customized Tiny Homes
One family learned that solutions that met others’ housing needs did not meet the needs of their adult son, who is on the autism spectrum. He needed a place that offered independence and privacy while maintaining needed supports, at a price he could afford. The speaker and her husband took an unconventional approach by building him a tiny house. The building process, including the challenges of zoning and permit regulations, electricity, internet access, and plumbing lines, will be discussed, as well as the process of discovery that led her family to this personalized solution.
Affordable Housing in a Community Setting
Our Place Nashville empowers adults with developmental disabilities by providing homes that are affordable in inclusive communities. Our Place adopted a model loosely based on the L’Arche communities in which three activities – eating together, praying together and celebrating together – can build a home. They place graduate students (primarily from Vanderbilt Divinity School) and seniors alongside adults with developmental disabilities (“friends”) in affordable housing. The students and seniors provide support and friendship, while the friends share what it means to live with different abilities. In the process, the students' and seniors' lives are transformed and the friends exceed all expectations, their own as well as their families'.