Transitioning Out of the Family Home
This webinar offers important considerations and insights for autistic individuals and their families in considering a transition out of the family home. Multiple perspectives are offered, with practical advice and issues to consider and plan for at this key point of transition from the home of one's family-of-origin.
“ENJOYING MY HOME”: Supported Housing Considerations and Options in Autism and Intellectual Disability
Housing is important as it is where we live much of our daily life. It should be a place of enjoyment, community and safety. This Toolkit offers an overview of supported housing options for autistic individuals and/or individuals with intellectual disability, along with examples of resources in selected Canadian cities. Five 'styles' or approaches of supported housing are described, along with a rating of estimated levels of support provided, cost and availability of each approach (although this will vary based on community and time). The styles of housing described comprise: (1) Community Living with Wrap-Around Supports, (2) Semi-Independent Living with 'Light' Supports, (3) Supportive Roommates, (4) Home Sharing, and (5) Community Care (Group Home/Home Collectivity). Ideas for moving forward are also offered.
Specialized Housing Infographic
Housing is important as our home is where we live much of our life. Housing options need to offer community, safety and enjoyment. This infographic introduces styles of supported housing for autistic individuals and/or individuals with intellectual disability. Five housing ‘styles’ are introduced, each with estimated rankings of cost, extent of support offered, and availability.
Aging Matters: Indigenous Perspectives - Roots: Perspectives from Indigenous Families and Self-Advocates
Learn from experiences of families, unpaid caregivers and aging Indigenous adults with IDD in Northern Ontario. Hear stories of resilience from self-advocates and their caregivers’ stories on the joys and challenges of supporting their unique needs. Conversations will address a variety of subjects, including support navigation, systemic issues and planning for the future. Persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are living longer and more fulfilled lives, but what are the challenges of aging with a disability?
Aging Matters: Indigenous Perspectives - Trunk and Branches: Perspectives from Caregivers and Community Supports
Hear first-hand accounts from paid caregivers and community support workers providing services to aging Indigenous adults with IDD. Conversations will focus on the strengths and challenges of small and/or remote communities in Northern Ontario including creative problem solving and the importance of relationship building and cultural competency when providing services. Persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are living longer and more fulfilled lives, but what are the challenges of aging with a disability?
Innovative Collaborations: Autism and Affordable Housing
In recognition of National Housing Day, this session brings together a panel who will share perspectives, key activities and lessons learned from the Legacy on 5th affordable housing project in Calgary. Autistic adults and their support persons also offer their thoughts on the impact of this project. The goal of the session is to share knowledge with other regions to improve access to affordable housing for autistic Canadians.
Your Rights and How to Use Them - Disability Rights Toolkit
What are my rights? Can a landlord refuse to rent to me because of my disability? What should I do if I think someone has acted against my rights? This toolkit answers common questions about human rights in Canada. It also gives you practical steps that you can take if your rights have not been respected, and it has a list of resources where you can go for help for every Canadian province and territory.
Autism Intellectual Disability and supporting the Street Community
Autistic individuals and individuals with intellectual disabilities often lack resources and support and a number of them will experience homelessness as adults. In this online course created by shelter and day program/drop-in centre workers and an autism specialist, we provide information on how to recognize and support those who struggle with verbal communication or may have sensory processing differences. There are scenarios at the end of the course to help prepare you for common situations and give you options to try when managing conflict between community members.
Housing - An Alberta Self Advocate Virtual Resource Guide
This resource guide, written by autistic self-advocate Christopher Whelan, is designed to assist people on the autism spectrum in making decisions about when and whether to move out of their family home. It reviews housing options, renter's rights and responsibilities, tips on independant living and more. This resource was developed in partnership with Autism Calgary.
Alberta Housing Guide by Christopher Whelan
What do you see when you picture what life will be like when you move out of your family’s home? If you are planning on moving out on your own soon, or if you are in a position where you must move out, now is the time to start thinking about what you need in a home, and what kind of home will make you happy. This toolkit is was created by Self-advocate Christopher Whelan to help autistic adults work through housing questions and answers.
Improving Housing Opportunities Webinar
One of the most pressing issues for individuals with intellectual disabilities and/or those on the autism spectrum is finding access to safe, affordable housing once they are adults. Some can live independently and only require occasional support, while others will need to live in a setting matching higher support needs. There are multiple considerations to take into account: the individual's wishes, as well as finances, government policy, ideal setting, and end-of-life care. This panel of experts will share their experiences and perspectives on navigating this complex issue so that individuals can thrive.
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