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Youth, Family Member or Guardian, Health Care Professional, Educator, Agency, Others

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I. Health Care: Skills Needed for Independence

A. Communication

* Knows communication methods

- Verbal—how often are they understood by others

- Signs/Reads Lips—knows how to arrange for interpreters

- Devices—knows how to care for, gets routine maintenance, and uses independently

- Written

- If non-verbal, has a support person available who is familiar with the individual’s methods of communication

* Knows when, why, and how to sign name

* Knows how to communicate by phone/TTY/TTD

B. Vision/Hearing

* Corrective lenses

- Knows who provides service and how/when to get a new prescription

- Uses eye glasses or contact lenses independently

* Hearing devices

- Knows who provides service and how/when to get equipment repaired

- Uses hearing devices independently

* Asks for accommodations for Vision/Hearing as needed

C. Self Awareness

* Knows who is involved with decision making and who to trust

* Knows name, address, telephone number, and who else may have this information

* Knows height, weight, and birth date

* Carries personal I.D. when leaving home

* Knows where their social security card and birth certificate are and when to use them

* Knows present medical condition and past medical history

* Has received training in and understands human sexuality

* Understands who can help

- Knows health emergency telephone numbers

- Knows how to dial emergency numbers

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I. Health Care: Skills Needed for Independence continued

D. Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and Safety

* Understands Hot and Cold

* Knows how to use and read different types of thermometers

* Can treat minor cuts, scrapes, burns

* Knows how to use household chemicals properly and does not mix them

* Knows how to protect themselves by wearing gloves and safety glasses

* Can read labels or knows who to ask

* Understands the proper use of matches

* Has emergency, fire, and disaster plans made

* Responds appropriately to fire alarms/knows fire exits—knows meeting place

* Has a fire extinguisher and smoke detector and knows how to use and maintain correctly

E. Transportation

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