Independent Living

Aspire’s Life on My Own independent living program teaches, prepares and supports adults who want to live entirely on their own. It’s one of the first programs in the nation in which once completed, the individual settles into his or her own place and leads a completely independent lifestyle.

The Life on My Own (LOMO) program works with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities on building the skills and confidence needed to go beyond guided independence and live a completely independent lifestyle. Uniquely, the LOMO program supports these individuals in living in their own apartment, either alone or with a roommate, in a community of their choice.

Our Unique Approach:

  • Focuses on supporting individuals to independence through formal, informal and hands-on training as well as real-life experiences, including “unplanned situational learning,” which enables individuals to make mistakes in a safe environment and learn from them (e.g. What do you do if the bus never comes?).
  • Is molded around each person’s unique abilities and readiness to make the next step. We are there from beginning to end and set up individuals for long-term success.
  • Actively incorporates family members in the learning process to ensure a smooth, successful transition for everyone.
  • Provides as much or as little training as necessary, from multiple sessions a week to just once per month.
  • Includes weekly or monthly reviews and goal adjustments so the focus is on achievement and the best path to success.

 

Who is Life On My Own for?

  • An individual ages 18+ with developmental disabilities, including autism and Asperger’s syndrome, whose goal is to live independently in their own home
  • An individual ages 18+ with developmental disabilities, including autism and Asperger’s syndrome, who is living on their own and needs extra support or wants to learn additional skills to support their independence
  • Life on My Own also supports individuals through life events or as needs change. For example, if an individual is moving out of a family home or relocating to a new town, medical needs change, changes related to aging, or changes in family dynamic or between parents and siblings.

 

Locations
We provide sessions where it’s most convenient, including:

  • Family home (before the individual moves out)
  • Individual’s current home or apartment
  • Aspire’s Teaching Home in the Chicagoland area where individuals can live temporarily to learn and safely test the waters
  • Aspire’s Teaching Home in the Chicagoland area where individuals visit to attend teaching sessions weekly, monthly or as-needed
  • Aspire’s Teaching Home in the Chicago suburbs is close to transportation and easily accessible to community amenities. Individuals who temporarily live at the Teaching Home receive intensive, around-the-clock training through hands-on and real-life experiences, which helps to achieve goals sooner.

 

To learn more about Life On My Own, please fill out the form to the right or email living@aspirechicago.com. For immediate assistance, please call 708.547.3560.

Watch how the program works and how it’s changing the lives of adults with disabilities, and their families.

Take a virtual tour of Aspire’s Teaching Home with Jim Kales of Aspire.

Read about one young man’s journey to independence through Life On My Own at aspirechicago.com/lomo.