Independent Living

Living Life to the Fullest

With a little help and support

A healthy, thriving community represents each and every member, including people with disabilities, and offers the benefits of that community to all people regardless of race, culture, background, and religion. A community’s inclusion of people with disabilities forms a bond that allows all its members to experience a sense of worth and belonging.


Adults with disabilities and their families are increasingly looking at a variety of supports to help them contribute and live as independently as they can—whether that’s in their own homes, in an apartment with roommates, or with their families. Supports can include assistive technology; assistance from a disability service provider; community, state, and federal benefits; and/or help from friends and relatives.

What Does Living Independently Mean?

Everyone needs a little help. Someone to mow the grass, a housekeeper now and then, rides to work, those are all forms of support that help us live in our homes and in our communities. 

If you're a person with a disability or a family member supporting a person with a disability, the trick is to recognize and accept the right types of supports that can help you sustain your independence. You may need one type of support while your neighbor or your roommate needs something else. 

This page is all about identifying the supports you'll need and planning for a life of independence--however you define that for yourself.