Independent Living does not mean completely unassisted. When most teenagers transition to living on their own, there is some form of safety net available to them. Assistance may take the form of a trained resident adviser, a nearby family member, and even a care package from home.
Obviously not all those with ASD will live independently. However, the goal should always be to live as independently as possible. Fortunately, today’s technology provides supports that can help people achieve more independence. There are numerous autism technology applications available that are designed specifically to assist independent living, but there are also several standard applications that can also aid a person’s independence.
Technology can help improve one’s time management abilities as well as compensate for any executive function deficiencies that may be restricting the person’s ability to live on their own. Technologies can improve roommate relations by providing platforms to better communicate (for example: an app that shares the grocery and chore list among roommates). Technologies can help caregivers track a person’s daily activities, food intake, and even their hygiene.
There are numerous apps for autism that comprise “independent living”. These apps include, but are not limited to: hygiene, health and fitness, nutrition, security, time management, task management, and transportation.
Transition teams should include these assistive technologies in their planning as soon as it is viable for the user.
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