Turning 18

Disclaimer: The following information provided here is for informational and educational purposes only and is not a substitute for legal or medical advice.

An individual who is born with, or develops, special needs may require support for the rest of his or her life. Establishing a special needs or transition plan for the individual, based on his or her family’s needs, can secure the individual’s future. When the individual turns 18, he or she is presumed by law to be capable of making his or her own decisions. Planning for the future can assist a special needs parent or guardian in deciding what level of support the individual may need.

Benefits such as SSI, SSDI, Medicaid, and Medicare can be essential to the individual’s ability to lead a fulfilling, healthy, and productive life. 

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