What are the domains for independent living and community participation?
Independent living and community participation involves at minimum the following:
- Leisure and recreation: activities or experiences of interest chosen for fun, enjoyment, or enrichment during time free from obligations
- Home maintenance and personal care, including domestic and self care skills, like personal hygiene skills, clothing care, cooking, planning meals, housekeeping, etc.
- Community participation: access and use community environments and agencies, including shopping, community and government services, voting, paying taxes, etc.
- Transportation/Mobility: ability to travel safely by foot, bicycle, bus, train and/or car
- Money management, including managing bank accounts and credit cards
- Personal safety and health care both at home and in the community, including the knowledge of personal information, use of pones for emergencies, use of first aid
- Communication and interpersonal relationships: ability to communicate basic needs, comprehension of instructions and gestures, and response to commands and prohibitions.
- Self determination: ability to know themselves, control their lives, plan and reach their goals and self-advocate
(Cronin, 1996; Halpern, 1994; Nietupski & Hamre-Nietupski, 1997)
- Columbia Regional Program, ASD Toolkit
- Autism Speaks Transition Roadmap to Housing and Residential Supports