It’s important to know that adults with cerebral palsy want the same things as everyone else: to be independent and valued members of the community. They don’t want to be known for their disability. Instead, they want to be seen as unique people who have something to offer. It can be hard to reach these goals, especially in places where people don’t have many chances to take part. People with developmental disabilities need to be able to live on their own, be involved in their communities, and have a social support network in order to reach their personal goals.
Real Life Events to Make Friends
It’s hard for any young person to go from being a carefree high school student to a responsible adult. But adults with cerebral palsy also have to deal with other problems. Getting a job, going to college, and moving into an apartment are all big steps in life. But not everyone with developmental disabilities will be able to do all of these things. One of the things that young adults with cerebral palsy and autism want most is to be able to live on their own. Depending on other health problems and situations, the only choice might be to stay with parents, siblings, or other family members.
To be a real, independent adult, you have to learn and follow new rules, laws, and requirements when you become an adult. Adults with cerebral palsy can find new ways to become more independent if they have a social support network and get involved in their communities. It can be hard to deal with the challenges of living on your own, especially if there are no support services nearby. Home health care and care from a caregiver, transportation, education and work, and vocational services can all help people with developmental disabilities get around on their own.
Community Engagement Opportunities
One more step toward becoming an adult is learning how to make friends and grow your group of friends. Depending on the path and opportunities they choose, high school graduates are thrown into dorms on campus or right into the job market. Adults with cerebral palsy are in a similar situation, which will play out differently depending on whether they go to high school, get a job, or join other vocational programs. Among all of these options and chances, there is the chance to make friends at work, school, or in the community, depending on the person’s skills and health.
All Friends Network is a social support network that focuses on making community engagement opportunities, social event situations, and other interactive programs to help adults with cerebral palsy and autism make friends. There are resources, support services, and a safe and secure AFN Live-LINK app to help our members broaden their horizons and meet people who are like them. It’s important to find people you can talk to who understand your point of view. This can be very encouraging for people who want to try living on their own.
Planned Events and Activities Can Help
You are not the only young adult who has trouble with the idea of going out on your own and living a happy, independent life. There are now a lot of programs to help you go from living at home as a high school student to living on your own as a young adult. These programs offer support, resources, and information. There are programs that can help you if you’ve always wanted to do things on your own terms and reach your goals as much as possible without help.
Start living on your own by talking to other people about your needs and learning how to talk about your wants, needs, and desires. No longer do adults with cerebral palsy have to live with their parents or siblings for the rest of their lives. All Friends Network is here to support you, give you ways to talk to and interact with other people, and give you chances to do social things with other people who have cerebral palsy, autism, and other developmental disabilities. Call us at 941-587-7172 if you want to find out more about our program, services, and upcoming events.