Independent Living



Disability.Gov recently highlighted a free service sponsored by the Virginia Housing Development Authority that helps Virginians with disabilities find an affordable, accessible place to live. Also has listings of apartments for rent and a map of Virginia Centers for Independent Living (CIL).

Personal Assistance Services Toolkit Now Available in E-Reader Format

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy’s popular publication Making the Move to Managing Your Own Personal Assistance Services (PAS) is now available for e-readers in both ePub and mobi formats. This toolkit is designed for youth with disabilities who are planning to live independently in the community but need help with daily tasks. It offers concrete steps to hiring, managing and paying for personal assistance services. Access the PDF version on NCWD/Youth's website.

Seizure Disorder Awareness for Transportation Operators & Customers

As college students return to college and employees return to the workplace from summer vacations, public transportation will be utilized daily on college campuses and cities across United States.  Easter Seals published a guide for transportation operators and customers entitled, “A Guide to Share with Public Transportation Operators:  Easter Seals Project ACTION”. The guide provides an overview of epilepsy and seizure facts, what to do in case of seizure, tips for passengers, and when to call 911.

In the U.S., over 10 billion trips are taken on public transportation each year. People of all ages and abilities travel by bus, rail, ferry, and taxi for work, school, personal appointments, and recreational activities. Approximately 1 in 26 Americans will develop epilepsy at some point in their lives, and as a result, may not be able to drive or may have restricted licenses.

The availability of public transportation and paratransit services are important for people who have epilepsy and need to remain active in the community. It is possible that a passenger may experience a seizure while using public transportation. It is important to know the warning signs of seizure and understand what should be done in response. This is particularly important if you are the driver of a public transportation vehicle.


This document was published in part under a grant from The HSC Foundation with The George Washington University. No official endorsement by The HSC Foundation or of any product, commodity, service or enterprise mentioned in this publication is intended or should be inferred. 

Permission to use, copy, and distribute this document for non-commercial use and without fee, is hereby granted provided that appropriate credit to the HEATH Resource Center is included in all copies. August 2014.

Last Updated (Friday, 29 August 2014)