People with disabilities can live independently! You can decide how to live, work and participate in your community. However, living independently does not mean doing everything by yourself or living in isolation; instead, it means having the same choices in your every-day life that your non-disabled peers have. This can be making informed choices to participate in all aspects of society, with the help of any needed support.

You may want to look into PATH, which is a creative planning tool that starts in the future and works backwards to an outcome of first (beginning) steps that are possible and positive. This can be very beneficial for creating a person centered plan and thinking about what the future will look like for your child. You can find more information about PATH on Inclusion Press.

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

B. Barakhot 58a


In Atlanta there are a number of programs that can help people with disabilities live independently.

The Zimmerman-Horowitz Independent Living Program (Z-H ILP) at Jewish Family & Career Services (JF&CS) is a highly individualized, person-centered supported living program that enables people with disabilities to live as independently as possible.

One Good Deed matches community volunteers of all ages to older adults & people with disabilities to aid them with simple daily tasks.  The volunteers not only provide companionship and encouragement, they also help with a variety of day-to-day activities. They can prepare meals, spend a morning or an afternoon in companionship, grocery shop, assist with paying bills, run errands, etc.

The Meyer Balser NORC serves the needs of the older adults, in a community program of The William Breman Jewish Home and with funding from The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. NORC offers innovative programs and services to help seniors live independently in their own homes to “age in place.”