Turning 22 Transition Services
Disability Lifespan Solutions offers comprehensive assistance managing the transition from special education services and supports provided through the school system to adult benefits and resources.
This transition can start as early as 14 years old if you live in Massachusetts. As soon as your child turns 14, DLS can work with you and your child's school to develop a cohesive transition plan that will be attached to your child's individualized education plan (IEP). Children who have been in special education do not always graduate from high school at 18 and instead can continue to receive education and support in school until their 22nd birthday. At 22, however, all supports a child has had will come to an end and the child must be enrolled for services as an adult. Therefore, transition planning is critical. Transition planning includes exploring post-secondary opportunities, such as employment and day program options; understanding and putting into place alternative decision-making options such as guardianship and alternatives to guardianship; and connecting with adult service agencies that may provide your child with services when they graduate or turn 22 years old. We can help you understand what needs to be done and create a timeline with you to ensure your child is ready for the transition to adult benefits.
DLS can help you answer some of the following questions:
- What is the minimum age to apply for and receive services?
- When can I apply for benefits for my loved one?
- Where can I find and who will pay for services for my loved one?
- Who can help me locate services for my soon to be adult child?
Initial interview to review needs and goals as the person with a disability approaches graduation from special education at age 22.
Assistance with Applications for Adult Benefits
Expert guidance accessing and coordinating public and private benefits for adults with disabilities including Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Medicare, MassHealth, and other cash and cash-value programs. Our Family Advocates also assist with applications and appeals to the appropriate state agency, whether it be the Department of Development Services (DDS), Department of Mental Health (DMH), or the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC).
Help Accessing Community Resources
Connections to day and employment programs, inclusive activities, and coaching resources that support lifelong learning and build independent living skills.
Assistance Accessing Community Housing
Guidance and hands-on assistance to help families find residential programs that meet individuals' needs and preferences, secure placement, and access available funding.
Alternative Decision Making
Assistance in determining whether or not guardianship or one of the many alternatives to guardianship are appropriate for an individual. We can also assist with completing the necessary paperwork for guardianship or assist with identifying the appropriate alternative and how to put those alternatives into place.