Age of Majority
- Apply for SSI/Mass Health. If SSI eligible, an individual will automatically be eligible for MassHealth. If not eligible for SSI, apply separately to the Division of Medical Assistance for MassHealth.
- Help your child actively participate in his/her IEP meeting. He/she should be part of planning their learning and life goals.
- Apply for Section 8 Housing Vouchers.
- Make sure emphasis on IEP is on post-school goals that will make the biggest differences in the life of your child.
- Understand Age of Majority. At age 18, all people are presumed to be legally competent to make all life decisions.
- Register men for Selective Service.
- Apply for eligibility for adult services, if you have not already done so. These include the Department of Developmental Services, Department of Mental Health, Mass. Commission for the Blind, and Mass. Rehabilitation Commission. If your son or daughter is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Smith-Magenis Syndrome or Prader-Willi syndrome, they do not need have a diagnosis of an intellectual disability to receive services from DDS.
- Apply for Adult Family Care (AFC).
- Have your child register to vote.
- Make sure your child has some work experience.
- Continue to consider transition assessments to clarify student’s continued skill development needs
- Invite a representative from a human service agency, (example: Transition Coordinator from DDS or MRC) to attend your child’s IEP meeting.
- Network with other families who have been through the Transition process.
- Independent Living Center’s
- Vocational Rehabilitation
- Supported Living Programs
- Benefits Counseling (Project IMPACT)
- Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB)
- Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (MCDHH)
- Department of Public Health (DPH)
Supported Decision Making, Alternatives & Guardianship
- Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
- Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority (MVRTA)
- Uber (pilot program)
- DriveWise & DriveAdvise (Drivers License)
- Federation of Children with Special Needs (FCSN)
- Special Needs Advocacy Network (SPaN)
- Neuropsychology & Education Services for Children & Adolescents (NESCA)
Connect with us:
To schedule a one hour consult please contact Andrea Morris, Director of Family Supports, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 978-373-0552 ext. 211.
For Bilingual support please contact Elizabeth Beltran, Family Support Navigator at email@example.com 978-373-0552 ext. 217.
Monday-Friday from 10am to 4pm, by appointment only.
Extended hours are offered on the first and third Wednesday of the month via zoom from 5pm until 7:30pm, by appointment only.