One life



It is not easy to care for a special needs child. Especially, it is easy to understand parents’ worries about their grown up children. Living in one’s own family or supported living in the community are much more preferable than the options the state can offer. The author — a mother of a young woman with autism — contemplates about possibilities for independent living for a person with special needs after their parents are gone. She is confident that teaching a child skills for independent living is not less important than giving them school edu¬cation. The author illustrates her thoughts with real examples of support for adults with disabilities in their independent life or life in a foster family in a city, as well in rural areas.

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Keywords: independent living, supported living, adult with special needs, foster family

Article type: announcing


For citation: Demkova E.E. One life . Autizm i narusheniya razvitiya = Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2016. Vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 49–54. DOI: 10.17759/autdd.2016140207. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Ekaterina E. Demkova, Publicist, writer, independent professional, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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