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Transition to Adulthood - Planning for the Future

 
 
Transition to Adulthood - Planning for the Future
Planning for the Future
Questions Your Child Will Want You to Ask:  Are you beginning to view me as an adult? Are you helping me explore if I want to join a self-advocacy group? Am I learning self-advocacy skills at home and school? What increasing levels of involvement can I assume (ie: IEP meetings) and what skills do I need?   Are you encouraging and helping me learn how to ask for accommodations for my learning and physical limitations when I need help? Are you helping me learn how to share my goals, hopes and dreams at educational and other support meetings in ways that reflect my learning style? Am I making choices and decisions for myself with support from family, teachers and others in my life? What steps are you taking to start shifting control of my life to me? What skills/information do you need to help me learn to make decisions and take control of my own life?
 

Viewing Your Child As an Adult
Parent Brief:  Promoting Effective Parent Involvement in Secondary Education and Transition Self Advocacy http://www.ncset.org/publications/viewdesc.asp?id=1431
Making Good Choice About DDS Services https://www.ct.gov/dds/lib/dds/waiver/choicesbook0517.pdf
 
Disclosing Disability and Asking for Help
411 DISABILITY On DISABILITY DISCLOSURE:  A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities http://www.ncwd-youth.info/assets/guides/411/411_Disability_Disclosure_complete.pdf
Adult Life for Students with Disabilities  http://www.peatc.org/NEXT_STEPS/intro/brief.htm
Person-Centered Planning
CORNELL What is person-centered planning? http://www.pacer.org/tatra/planning/personal.asp
Life Course Planning

Finance & Benefits

Questions Your Child Will Want You to Ask:

Are you helping me to learn to take control of my money and manage my services and supports?  Would a limited or joint bank account, automatic bill pay or a debit card help me learn money management skills?  What support or financial assistance is available for me as I become an adult?  Will I be able to earn an income?  Who will pay for my services and supports when I no longer in school?  If applying for SSI at age 18, do I need a representative payee?  Will your health insurance cover me into adulthood?  If not, how will I get health insurance?  Do I qualify for Medicaid or Medicare?  Do I have a supplemental needs trust?  If I want to go to college, are you helping me to find scholarships or other funding sources?  Can Vocational rehabilitation help prepare me for college or a career?


Managing Money
Financial Assistance
Social Security Administration www.socialsecurity.gov/
Medicaid application and forms  http://www.ct.gov/dss/
Benefits Planning
Connect Ability Department of Rehabilitation Services Benefits Counseling  http://www.ct.gov/connect-ability/cwp/view.asp?a=4472&q=524302&connect_abilityNav=|
Representative Payee
FAQs for Social Security Beneficiaries who have a Payee  http://www.ssa.gov/payee/faqbene.htm
Scholarships
Vocational Rehabilitation
Department of Rehabilitation Services http://www.ct.gov/brs/site/default.asp