Independent Living Resources

Supported Decision Making and Alternatives to Guardianship
An RSA-PTI Resource | The REACH project provides information and strategies to help parents, family organizations, and providers support youth/young adults in making their own choices and decisions.

Cents and Sensibility: A Guide to Money Management
The Financial Education page on the Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation website provides the following resources to help people make more informed decisions about managing their personal finances and take control of their financial future: Cents and Sensibility: a guide to money management; Cents and Sensibility Educator Companion Manual; and Financial Fundamentals: Discussion Starters for Youth, which is used by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education.

Ten Tips That May Help Your Child’s Transition to Adulthood
An RSA-PTI Resource | This tip sheet from the PACER Center discusses planning for a child’s transition from adolescence to adulthood. The document explains Minnesota’s transition planning and services requirements in the Individualized Education Program (IEP).

The ABLE Act and Employment: Strategies for Maximizing the Effectiveness of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act as a Tool for Financial Stability and Employment Outcomes of People with Disabilities
The LEAD Center produced this brief to demonstrate how provisions in the ABLE Act can be combined with federal benefit services and other federal programs and initiatives to further competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities. Contains a list of the provisions of the ABLE Act, their impact on the financial self-sufficiency and employment opportunities of persons with disabilities, and recommendations on how to best utilize the ABLE Act to maximize these outcomes.

Developing Financial Capability Among Youth
An RSA-PTI Resource | This RAISE webinar discusses how developing the capacity to manage financial resources effectively is an important part of preparing for adulthood. Focuses on how families have significant influence over youth’s financial knowledge and can assist them in practicing money management and decision making skills.