Every adult faces difficulties in the transition to living independently. The key to living life with the most independence is developing positive relationships, valuable work habits and making good personal choices for healthy living. Even when things get difficult, remember that it’s your constitutional right to be fully included, and actively participate in your community. Once you have the appropriate support in place you can be the key stakeholder in your decisions.

“Just as no two faces are alike, so are no two minds alike.”

B. Barakhot 58a

Tips for Creating a Full Life

  • Establish clear short-term and long-term goals.
    After a discussion with your support system about your strengths and interests, set goals for the next year. Then, decide what you need in order to reach these goals. These goals may change over time, but make them as clear and concise as possible. Revisit them annually.

  • Realize which things you have control over and which you do not.
    You have control over your personal goals, but, unfortunately, you have no direct control over the economy or the funding guidelines put into place by the systems in power. Be sure to have an appropriate Plan B ready. If need be, learn how to advocate for yourself.

  • Find like-minded people who have the same goals.
    Other people have gone through this. Find peers to talk with to get ideas.

  • Take care of yourself.
    Above all, remember that there is only one ‘you.’ Make sure you are taking good care of your physical health by maintaining a good diet and getting plenty of exercise. Your mental health can benefit from taking time for yourself and doing what you enjoy. Don’t lose what makes ‘you’ special in the process.

Autism Directory 

The 211 HelpLine is a nonprofit organization with a mission to connect people to services 24 hours a day by understanding their individual emotional, financial and community needs and to support the health & human service system as a whole. 211 is designed to give consumers a “one-stop” shopping resource for the wide range of programs, information and services to assist individuals, families and communities throughout Palm Beach County.

Americans Live With an Autism Spectrum Disorder
of Children Have Been Diagnosed with a Developmental Disability