Independent Living Assessments

Guiding People Through Systems (GPS)

The Ohio Department of Health, Family Voices of Ohio, Nationwide Children’s Hospital/Autism Treatment Network, University of Cincinnati/UCEDD and St. Vincent Mercy Hospital (Toledo) worked together to create Guiding People Through Systems (GPS), an online care notebook to assist families of children with special health care needs to organize and maintain accurate medical records. Families can use this tool to build a binder of commonly used forms, and download or email forms to share with schools and healthcare or service providers.

This site was developed through a partnership between the University of Cincinnati University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Ohio Department of Health, Family Voices of Ohio, Ohio Patient-Centered Medical Home, and Autism Treatment Network (ATN) at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

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Independent Living Skills Measurement Scale

The Independent Living Skills Measurement Scale is a simple 14-question survey parents or staff can use to rate a student’s Independent Living skills on a variety of topics, including topics such as medication usage, grooming and hygiene, laundry, household responsibilities, setting limits on his/her own behavior, and more. This assessment also includes a chart that can be used to show a graphic representation of the student’s skills and areas in need of improvement. The measurement scale was created by Edward Flegel, formerly the transition consultant for State Support Team Region 3.

The Independent Living Skills Measurement Scale (PDF) is available for download. PDF files can be accessed with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software.

 

Community Transition Program: Experiences Starting a Community-Based Program for Students Ages 18-21

The Transition Coalition’s The Community Transition Program: Experiences Starting a Community-Based Program for Students Ages 18 through 21 has several resources for supporting independent living for students with disabilities. These and the corresponding page numbers are listed below. The link to the booklet follows.

 

Community Transition Objectives

Community Transition Objectives, pages 41 to 46, is an inventory/checklist of skills that could be considered when assessing a student’s needs and strengths regarding independent living skills. The inventory assesses things like personal finance, planning, organizing, scheduling, grooming, self-care, household management, and more.

C-Tran Functional Analysis of Behavior

This functional behavior analysis, pages 75-83, concerns a battery of independent living scenarios that includes the morning routine, arranging and using public transportation, arrival at work, the social skills needed for work, going to the bank, going to the grocery store, meal preparation, and more.

A Day in the Life at C-Tran: A Test of One’s Abilities to Problem Solve

This checklist, page 33, provides a number of potential day-to-day stress or crisis situations of varying degrees that, with slight modifications as necessary/appropriate, can be discussed with students in a formal or informal manner to gauge problem-solving skills in regards to readiness for independent living.

Important Prerequisites for Independent Community Involvement

This short checklist, page 41, explores various scenarios necessary for successful community involvement. This checklist could be used as a starting point for assessment or discussion with students regarding their knowledge and acceptance of expected skills and behaviors, including assuming some responsibility for personal items/money, social skills, using a telephone, wearing clean clothes every day and more.

Community Transition Program: Experiences Starting a Community-Based Program for Students Ages 18 through 21 (PDF) is available for download. PDF files can be accessed with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software.


Updated May 5, 2017