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Independent Living

Schools, colleges and other post-16 providers include a particular focus on housing options and provide young people and their families the tools and resources they need to fully understand what is available. This could include mock applications for housing register and housing benefit as well as support to research the housing options in their own area. Young people are encouraged to think about who they would like to live with. This is particularly important for young people who are in out of area provision, should they wish to return to their local area.

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Terry's story

Terry's story

16th Apr 2012 at 10:04

Terry is in his early 20s. He had been to college and had a couple of work placements which didn't lead to anything. Living at home, with his mother as his carer, he got very depressed and felt his life wasn't going anywhere.

Tags: Independent Living, Case Study, Story

Will's story

Will's story

28th Feb 2012 at 09:40

Before having my own individual budget my mum had always been my only carer and we had no connections with services. I was getting down on myself and things at home were getting more difficult and strained.

Tags: Independent Living, Case Study, Story, Video

My Own Place report

My Own Place report

30th Jan 2012 at 13:15

My Own Place' report provides practical tools and advice to help disabled young people and their families have good information and be supported to plan so that they have equal access to housing opportunities. This report is part of the three year Department of Health funded project on Housing and Social Inclusion. Based on the real experiences of young people and their families, the report provides a 'Housing Pathway' to be followed as young people plan for their adulthood.

Tags: Independent Living, Young People & Family Participation, Best Practice

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