Young adults tell us...
"Learning to live as an adult is hard, but with planning and support, I have a life that is right for me."
" I have tried everything, dorm living, apartment living, living with my parents and living in a group home. Different times, different situations."
"I had a lot to learn before I could really live on my own, setting up utilities, signing a lease, and buying insurance. It was tricky."
Recreation and community life
Social-emotional and mental health
Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It determines how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Learn about resources to support and enhance your mental health.
Advanced education and training
Some students can stay in public high school until age 21, and many go to college or advanced training afterwards. Locate information to find and pay for education opportunities.
Transition to adult health care
Finding adult healthcare is challenging for some. Helpful healthcare transition ideas and checklists guide the way.
According to the Oregon Employment First Initiative, people are healthier, safer, and happier when they have meaningful work. These resources can help you find work, navigate employment challenges, or change jobs.
Housing choices and supports
There are choices for housing situations. Use these resources to plan for, find, and pay for housing.
Community Developmental Disability Programs
When you turn 18 you have more choices about who will support you. Community Developmental Disability Program services can be accessed a number of different ways including through the County Developmental Disability Programs, Aging and Disability Services Resource Center, Independent Living Centers, and Brokerage Services. Learn how to access some of these key disability services.
Service and emotional support animals
Animals can provide support and perform various service. Explore service animals, consider types, and learn your rights and responsibilities here.