Living with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) (cont.)

Independent living

Independent living means that a person lives in his or her own apartment or house and needs limited help from outside agencies. The person might need help with only complex issues such as managing money, rather than day-to-day living skills. Whether an adult with ASD continues to live at home or moves out into the community depends in large part on his or her ability to manage everyday tasks with little or no help. For example, can the person clean the house, cook, shop, and pay bills? Is he or she able to use public transportation? Many families prefer to start with some supported living arrangements and move towards increased independence.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "Living with ASD." Division of Birth Defects, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. 29 Dec. 2010. <>.

Last Editorial Review: 4/9/2012