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Moving Out

A Family Guide to Residential Planning for Adults with Disabilities
Dafna Krouk-Gordon & Barbara D. Jackins


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isbn# 978-1-60613-021-6
8 1/2" x 11"
226 Pages

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"An accessible primer for parents of special-needs adults."
-Library Journal

"Krouk-Gordon, who heads a non-profit human service agency that supports people with disabilities and works with families in creating unique housing and vocational services, and Jackins, a parent of a child with special needs and a lawyer who focuses on special needs planning, public benefits, guardianship, and trust administration, help parents find the right residential situation for their adult children with intellectual disabilities. They discuss planning, determining if the child is ready to move out, letting go, and legal issues in preparation; residential options (independent living with supports, shared living, and group living); narrowing possibilities and deciding on who should manage the residency; finances and budgets; ownership of the residence; staff and personnel; the parent's continuing role; daily issues like privacy, individuality, sexuality and relationships, and rules and chores; and keeping the arrangement going after the parent's death. The book can also be used by policy makers, funding sources, and professionals who work with these families."
-Annotation ©2013 Book News Inc. Portland, OR

"This authoritative, empathetic guide goes a long way in easing families' anxieties about the entire process of residential planning, as well as monitoring an adult child's well-being once he has moved out."
-Autism Asperger Digest, November-December 2014

"Parents and family members face many complex and practical and emotional issues in locating appropriate housing and needed personal supports for an adult child with an intellectual disability. With many years of experience creating, managing, and explaining services for adults and families, the authors of Moving Out provide thorough, thoughtful, step-by-step guidance (including checklists, forms, and resources) about housing options, financial planning, government benefits, other sources of funding, and much more."
-Stanley D. Klein, Ph.D.
Co-founder and Former Editor-in-Chief, Exceptional Parent magazine

"The authors also offer an encouraging, unbiased discussion of basic nonprofit startup and the many legal and financial issues that entails. This is a strength of the book that parents are unlikely to see discussed in such depth elsewhere. The authors want families to take control of the future while ensuring that their child becomes as happily independent as possible."
-ForeWord Reviews, November 18, 2013
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"A quote from a parent sums up the need for this helpful book: 'it’s never too early to starting reading Moving Out'. Authors Krouck-Gordon and Jackins have put together an extremely helpful resource book to help the interested, confused or struggling person or parent know where to start when looking for residential care or to make living arrangements for an adult child with special needs.

Together, the authors bring more than 60 years of experience in this type of work. Dafna Krouck-Gordon is the founder and President of Toward Independent Living and Learning (TILL). This organization is a leader in helping people with disabilities find housing options. Barbara Jackins has an adult child with developmental disabilities and lives in a TILL facility. She is also an attorney with much experience in special needs planning and has served on boards of agencies that provide residential services to adults with disabilities. She has authored several books including The Special Needs Trust Administration Manual: A Guide for Trustees (coauthor) and Managing a Special Needs Trust: A Guide for Trustees (coauthor, 2012).

The authors take a step by step approach to solving this challenging dilemma. Various models of living arrangements are listed and discussed. Stories from parents traveling down this road are sprinkled throughout for the reader to identify with and learn from. It is also written in a style that allows one to read the entire book from cover to cover or to pick topics out that are needed for just that moment in time. Their expertise on this often difficult and confusing journey is invaluable.

In the consumer health library where many go to look for answers to life’s crossroads, this book would be a helpful addition."
-CAPHIS Consumer Connections

"[A] must-read for parents, professionals, and advocates who want to see people with disabilities live successfully in the community. The authors have assembled into eight chapters what some families spend years trying to figure out. Moving Out gives parents, professionals, and advocates a head start by providing stability and expertise in navigating the system."
-Gary H. Blumenthal
President and CEO, Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers
Former Executive Director, the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities

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