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Signs Your Adult Child is Ready to Live Independently

Signs Your Adult Child is Ready to Live Independently

“I want to live in a house of my own.” For the parent of an adult child with special needs, those are some of the most wonderful and most terrifying words you can hear. Most parents become empty nesters at some point, but if you have a child with special needs, that’s...

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How to Help Your Child Prepare for Independent Living

How to Help Your Child Prepare for Independent Living

If you’re a parent of an adult child with special needs, you might’ve already heard the words “I want to live in my own house.” When you’ve spent every day caring for your child, the thought of them moving out might cause some panic. How will they gain the life skills...

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How to decide which cohousing community is right for you

How to decide which cohousing community is right for you

So many exciting cohousing communities! How does a seeker decide which one is best? The Short Version: Can you afford it? Is it located in an acceptable geographic location? Is the urban vs rural location right for you? Is their timeline compatible with yours (not...

read more
Bold New Housing Options for People with Disabilities

Bold New Housing Options for People with Disabilities

Levels of independence vary widely among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Your loved one might seek independence, but not be prepared for the responsibility. Conversely, they may be prepared for independent living, but unable to find...

read more
Registration for Family Cafe, Orlando is Now Open

Registration for Family Cafe, Orlando is Now Open

Since 1998, The Annual Family Café has brought Floridians with all types of disabilities together for three days of information, training, and networking. With a great range of individual breakout sessions, a packed Exhibit Hall with dozens of vendors, and a series of...

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Disability Topics  Considering Housing Options

Disability Topics Considering Housing Options

There are many programs that may be able help you with living expenses. Be sure to learn about what help you can expect before you turn 18. Ask for assistance to apply for all services and programs you might be eligible for as an adult. Be sure to start early if you...

read more
Signs your Adult Child is Ready to Live Independently

Signs your Adult Child is Ready to Live Independently

“I want to live in a house of my own.” For the parent of an adult child with special needs, those are some of the most wonderful and most terrifying words you can hear. Most parents become empty nesters at some point, but if you have a child with special needs, that’s...

read more
5 Reasons to Consider Joining a Cohousing Community

5 Reasons to Consider Joining a Cohousing Community

Just as a home is more than its walls and windows, cohousing homes are more than standard condos. To the people who create, join and live cohousing communities, they join an active and involved community of neighbors who know and care about each other and together...

read more
LAL Today Reports – Swan City Ranks Highly For Retirees

LAL Today Reports – Swan City Ranks Highly For Retirees

LAL Today reports Lakeland ranked No 6 No. 1. That’s what Florida ranked yesterday on Wallet Hub’s list of 2022’s Best States to Retire. The 50 states were ranked using 47 metrics spanning three core factors: affordability, quality of life, and health care. While we...

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Why do we Find Making New Friends so Hard as Adults?

Why do we Find Making New Friends so Hard as Adults?

Making New Friends Feels Just Plain Hard If you've ever tried to make new friends as an adult, you'll probably see why loneliness is at an all-time high. Making new friends feels just plain hard. In school, making friends can be as simple as going on the monkey bars...

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New Housing Concepts for Adults with Dev. Disabilities

New Housing Concepts for Adults with Dev. Disabilities

5 Reasons to Consider Joining a Cohousing Community Just as a home is more than its walls and windows, cohousing homes are more than standard condos. To the people who create, join and live cohousing communities, they join an active and involved community of neighbors...

read more
Mind & Body – How Social Connections Keep Seniors Healthy

Mind & Body – How Social Connections Keep Seniors Healthy

As we age, we tend to shed family and friends—which can hurt our mental and physical health. How can we design communities for seniors that facilitate social connections? Vonda is an energetic 73-year-old woman with a friendly smile and a sharp wit. For the last two...

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What the Heck is Cohousing?  3 reasons to consider cohousing

What the Heck is Cohousing? 3 reasons to consider cohousing

If I Could Just Go Back… Back in undergrad, Rams Commons was THE place to be. For those who weren’t fortunate enough to attend Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), Rams Commons is a co-ed dorm with suites. There were four bedrooms per suite, with a full-sized bed,...

read more
Neurodiverse Cohousing: what is it and why does it matter?

Neurodiverse Cohousing: what is it and why does it matter?

When I give presentations or consult for emerging housing options, I often hear that individuals with I/DD want to live in a supportive and affordable neighborhood. Walking to a friend’s home, having regular opportunities for activities, being recognized as a person...

read more
TSA to Improve Screening for Travelers with Disabilities

TSA to Improve Screening for Travelers with Disabilities

The Transportation Security Administration is set to start implementing new staff training and screening procedures to better serve individuals with disabilities as they make their way through airports across the country. Beginning as soon as May, the TSA says that it...

read more
Adam’s Journey to Independence – planning for transition

Adam’s Journey to Independence – planning for transition

My goodness – a few years ago, the words in this title would strike fear into my heart. How would our family begin to plan our son with IDD transition to independence or even consider him moving away from home? Rest assured there are literally thousands of families in...

read more
Signs Your Adult Child is Ready to Live Independently

Signs Your Adult Child is Ready to Live Independently

“I want to live in a house of my own.” For the parent of an adult child with special needs, those are some of the most wonderful and most terrifying words you can hear. Most parents become empty nesters at some point, but if you have a child with special needs, that’s...

read more
How to Help Your Child Prepare for Independent Living

How to Help Your Child Prepare for Independent Living

If you’re a parent of an adult child with special needs, you might’ve already heard the words “I want to live in my own house.” When you’ve spent every day caring for your child, the thought of them moving out might cause some panic. How will they gain the life skills...

read more
How to decide which cohousing community is right for you

How to decide which cohousing community is right for you

So many exciting cohousing communities! How does a seeker decide which one is best? The Short Version: Can you afford it? Is it located in an acceptable geographic location? Is the urban vs rural location right for you? Is their timeline compatible with yours (not...

read more
Bold New Housing Options for People with Disabilities

Bold New Housing Options for People with Disabilities

Levels of independence vary widely among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Your loved one might seek independence, but not be prepared for the responsibility. Conversely, they may be prepared for independent living, but unable to find...

read more
Registration for Family Cafe, Orlando is Now Open

Registration for Family Cafe, Orlando is Now Open

Since 1998, The Annual Family Café has brought Floridians with all types of disabilities together for three days of information, training, and networking. With a great range of individual breakout sessions, a packed Exhibit Hall with dozens of vendors, and a series of...

read more
Disability Topics  Considering Housing Options

Disability Topics Considering Housing Options

There are many programs that may be able help you with living expenses. Be sure to learn about what help you can expect before you turn 18. Ask for assistance to apply for all services and programs you might be eligible for as an adult. Be sure to start early if you...

read more
Signs your Adult Child is Ready to Live Independently

Signs your Adult Child is Ready to Live Independently

“I want to live in a house of my own.” For the parent of an adult child with special needs, those are some of the most wonderful and most terrifying words you can hear. Most parents become empty nesters at some point, but if you have a child with special needs, that’s...

read more
5 Reasons to Consider Joining a Cohousing Community

5 Reasons to Consider Joining a Cohousing Community

Just as a home is more than its walls and windows, cohousing homes are more than standard condos. To the people who create, join and live cohousing communities, they join an active and involved community of neighbors who know and care about each other and together...

read more
LAL Today Reports – Swan City Ranks Highly For Retirees

LAL Today Reports – Swan City Ranks Highly For Retirees

LAL Today reports Lakeland ranked No 6 No. 1. That’s what Florida ranked yesterday on Wallet Hub’s list of 2022’s Best States to Retire. The 50 states were ranked using 47 metrics spanning three core factors: affordability, quality of life, and health care. While we...

read more
Why do we Find Making New Friends so Hard as Adults?

Why do we Find Making New Friends so Hard as Adults?

Making New Friends Feels Just Plain Hard If you've ever tried to make new friends as an adult, you'll probably see why loneliness is at an all-time high. Making new friends feels just plain hard. In school, making friends can be as simple as going on the monkey bars...

read more
New Housing Concepts for Adults with Dev. Disabilities

New Housing Concepts for Adults with Dev. Disabilities

5 Reasons to Consider Joining a Cohousing Community Just as a home is more than its walls and windows, cohousing homes are more than standard condos. To the people who create, join and live cohousing communities, they join an active and involved community of neighbors...

read more
Mind & Body – How Social Connections Keep Seniors Healthy

Mind & Body – How Social Connections Keep Seniors Healthy

As we age, we tend to shed family and friends—which can hurt our mental and physical health. How can we design communities for seniors that facilitate social connections? Vonda is an energetic 73-year-old woman with a friendly smile and a sharp wit. For the last two...

read more
What the Heck is Cohousing?  3 reasons to consider cohousing

What the Heck is Cohousing? 3 reasons to consider cohousing

If I Could Just Go Back… Back in undergrad, Rams Commons was THE place to be. For those who weren’t fortunate enough to attend Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), Rams Commons is a co-ed dorm with suites. There were four bedrooms per suite, with a full-sized bed,...

read more
Neurodiverse Cohousing: what is it and why does it matter?

Neurodiverse Cohousing: what is it and why does it matter?

When I give presentations or consult for emerging housing options, I often hear that individuals with I/DD want to live in a supportive and affordable neighborhood. Walking to a friend’s home, having regular opportunities for activities, being recognized as a person...

read more
TSA to Improve Screening for Travelers with Disabilities

TSA to Improve Screening for Travelers with Disabilities

The Transportation Security Administration is set to start implementing new staff training and screening procedures to better serve individuals with disabilities as they make their way through airports across the country. Beginning as soon as May, the TSA says that it...

read more
Adam’s Journey to Independence – planning for transition

Adam’s Journey to Independence – planning for transition

My goodness – a few years ago, the words in this title would strike fear into my heart. How would our family begin to plan our son with IDD transition to independence or even consider him moving away from home? Rest assured there are literally thousands of families in...

read more

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