How I Got an Extra Bedroom For a Child with Autism (HUD Housing)


by Phylicia Jade

When I went to the voucher eligibility briefing, there was a section to fill out to request a reasonable accommodation. I said that I would need an additional bedroom for my daughter who is autistic because she can’t share a bedroom with her sister due to sensory issues.

The housing worker had me fill out some reasonable accommodation papers to send to my daughter’s doctor. I checked the box that she needs an extra bedroom and wrote that it was due to sensory issues. The doctor checked the box that she does indeed have a disability and then signed the forms.

I got this in the mail today:


Tips for Requesting an Extra Room

Happily, Phylicia’s housing authority approved her request with just a simple form.

Many housing authorities will require letters from you and your child’s doctor or therapist to approve this request.

In Delphinium’s Guide to Requesting Separate Bedrooms, she includes some more examples of reasons why a child with autism might need a separate room. If your child is in any of these situations, you and your doctor could write this on the form or in a letter:

🌷 Accommodation is needing for space to practice calming skills or coping mechanisms recommended by child’s doctor or therapist.

🌷 Child is not adapting well to change, and without separate, private space can become hyperactive, easily agitated, and impulsive.

🌷 Treatment and behavioral plan includes child having private space to withdraw to. Doctor states that this will allow child to better self-manage their symptoms.

🌷  Child has sensory issues, many of which are made worse when he feels his space is invaded or doesn’t have an areas of his own to go to practice therapeutic coping mechanisms.

More sample letters for requesting bedroom for disabled child:

If you’d like to see the forms Phylicia filled out, they are here: Phylicia’s Accommodation Forms

Learn More

🌸 Facebook Group: HUD and Section 8 Disabled Residents & Family Members

🌸 Art on this page by Robin Mead and Elizabeth D’Angelo.

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