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TRANSITION TO ADULT LIFE & THE ADULT SERVICE SYSTEM

Parents often contact me when their loved ones enter the transition phase of school. Moving from a system of entitled services to a system where eligibility is the key factor is difficult. Advocacy takes a different shape, and new players enter the field. It is my sincere hope to assist parents, guardians and families understand the differences in service systems, how to access services, and more. 

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entitlement to eligibility

When students prepare to transition from the public school system into the world of adult services, parents and individuals with disabilities must understand the difference between entitlement for services and eligibility for service programs. 

In Virginia, students are entitled to educational services and supports until they reach their high school diploma requirements, or until the day before he or she reaches the age of 22. The law, IDEA, mandates that students receive a free and appropriate public education through their IEP.

IDEA does not follow a student throughout his or her lifetime. Once the age of 22 is reached, the IDEA does not apply, and a student must transition into the realm of the adult service system, where services are generally NOT free and are NOT mandated.

When a student transitions and seeks services and supports from an adult service agency, he or she must be eligible to receive those services. Adult service providers are able to have much stricter requirements because services are NOT entitled by law. For example, a day program may only accept individuals who are able to independently use the toilet and display no aggressive behaviors. 

Additionally, just because a person meets the eligibility criteria for services, it does not mean the adult service provider will be able to accept them into services. Again, adult service providers have much different requirements and may not have the capacity to accept new clients, or require certain funding sources, such as Medicaid Waivers, in order to receive the services. 

what services are available to my loved one?

There are so many options available!

In this section, we cover a variety of supports that your loved one may be entitled to, including:

  • Personal care supports; 

  • Respite; 

  • Employment supports; 

  • Mentoring programs; 

  • Independent & supported housing programs; 

  • Transportation; and

  • More!

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how to apply for...

Navigating the endless piles of paperwork is downright confusing...

After you know what your loved one may be eligible for, it's time to apply for those services. Unfortunately, it's sometimes hard to find the right paperwork, fill it out, and know how long it should take to process it. I know--I've been there myself! In this section, I help you learn the proper steps to apply for services such as:

  • Medicaid waivers; 

  • SSI; 

  • DARS; 

  • Mentoring; and 

  • More!

how to apply for...

Navigating the endless piles of paperwork is downright confusing...

After you know what your loved one may be eligible for, it's time to apply for those services. Unfortunately, it's sometimes hard to find the right paperwork, fill it out, and know how long it should take to process it. I know--I've been there myself! In this section, I help you learn the proper steps to apply for services such as:

  • Medicaid waivers; 

  • SSI; 

  • DARS; 

  • Mentoring; and 

  • More!

 

how to encourage independence

There are so many simple ways to encourage your loved one to become more independent

We all want our loved ones to live as independent a life as possible. In this section, we tackle how to encourage greater independence in many aspects of life, including:

  • Community participation; 

  • Setting educational goals; 

  • Enhancing daily living skills; 

  • Discovering technology that can enhance independence; 

  • Relationships;

  • Self-awareness and advocacy; and

  • More!

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resource collections

Sometimes you just need a little help finding the right resource

Our resource collection links you with hundreds of different websites. articles and programs on topics related to moving from high school to the world of adult services. 

This collection also includes organizational materials, printables. fact sheets and so much more to guide you during the transition process.