As your students and their families begin transition planning, they may be concerned about independent independent living when the student completes public education.

You and these families may not be aware that there is a lack of safe, affordable, enriching housing for adults living with intellectual and developmental disabilities (such as Autism, Down syndrome, and Fragile X syndrome, and tramatic brain injury) in North Texas.  The state of Texas estimates that there are enough living accomodations for about three percent of this population.

It is very important that these families are aware of the lack of housing, understand what funding is available, and make flexible plans for their child's living situation.  In most situations, there will be a time when the parents are no longer able to care for their child in their family homes. Other housing options will be needed.

Community for Permanent Supported Housing (CPSH) would like to be a resource for you and these families as they plan for the future. CPSH works with self-advocates of all ages and their families. We are working on programs that will help individuals live independently, with services, of their parents by age 25 (or sooner).

Here is some information that may be useful during ARDs and other meetings:

CPSH would like to help you in the discussions regarding transition and future residential options.  We welcome the opportunities to meet with staff, parents, PTAs, and other organizations and participate in transition fairs. We are ready to discuss the issue, the progress that CPSH and the community have made and plans for the future. The Q&A sessions help us all understand parents' concerns.

About CPSH: Community for Permanent Supported Housing (CPSH),  a nonprofit charity,  is working with North Texas families as well as public, private, and volunteer sectors to address the lack of residential options.