Housing Options for Young Adults With Learning Disabilities

Some young adults learn differently than everyone else and as a result, their housing needs are also a little different if they decide to leave their family’s home. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), learning disability is defined as “disorders that affect the ability to understand or use spoken or written language, do mathematical calculations, coordinate movements, or direct attention.” While these learning disabilities have their strengths and superpowers as the neurodiversity paradigm has begun to show, they are still stigmatized and known by their clinical definitions such as:

• Dyslexia – difficulty with reading;
• Dyscalculia – difficulty with math; and
• Dysgraphia – difficulty with writing.

As the Center for Disease Control (CDC) points out, learning disabilities “can also be present with emotional or behavioral disorders, such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or anxiety.” Learning disabilities and their symptoms are also often present with or comorbid with people on the Autism Spectrum (ASD) as well as people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). As a result, young adults with the symptoms, disorders, and superpowers associated with learning disabilities have different needs when it comes to housing options.

One such housing option for young adults with learning disabilities is a Supported Living Arrangement (SLA). For example, Nevada’s Department of Health and Human Services Aging and Disability SLA program “offers residential supports to individuals who require assistance to live in the least restrictive community setting possible” along with “habilitative and skills building supports…designed to maximize independence in the community.” These are not separated, institutionalized settings and are instead immersed throughout the local community in the form of:

• a young adult’s family home;
• apartments;
• host homes;
• foster homes; and
• shared residences.

In Las Vegas, Nevada, these housing options are often offered by state regulated non-profit providers such as New Vista, who currently provides housing options for over 150 Members, many of whom are young adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) comorbid with learning disabilities, symptoms, and superpowers. We have over 30 years of experience empowering people of all ages with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) by providing supportive housing options such as Supported Living Arrangements (SLA) for young adults with learning disabilities.

Our housing options are unobtrusive homes, blending in with their neighborhood surroundings such that they appear no different than their neighbor’s home next door. If you would like more information or want to discuss our currently available housing options for your young adult with a learning disability, please contact us at empower@newvistanv.org.

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