AT BIRTH OR AGE OF DIAGNOSIS
Determine eligibility for services with Help Me Grow and your county board. If your child is receiving services from Help Me Grow, ensure they have been transitioned to a new, open case with the county board when they turn three.
County board and/or Help Me Grow may provide services with both
local dollars and Medicaid.
Support the individual to obtain a state ID.
Contact the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities
to explore employment opportunities.
Advocate for a Medicaid Waiver if you have unmet needs.
Investigate SSI and prepare to apply.
At 16.5, begin thinking about guardianship or supported decision making.
At 17.5, contact attorney to discuss guardianship or alternatives.
Begin to consider transition to an adult healthcare provider (ask pediatrician for referral).
Obtain guardianship or develop supported decision making plan.
Begin discussion of transition plan.
If you haven't already, support the individual to obtain a state ID (can be obtained at any age.)
Apply for SSI one month after turning 18.
(Only the individual's income and assets
are counted after 18 years of age.)
21 YEARS OLD
If by age 21, the child is not receiving services through the county board, have the individual evaluated.
Consider transition from family home.
Investigate housing options.
Determine when parent should begin taking Social Security to maximize
benefits for individual (Adult Disabled Child Benefits and Medicare.)
When parent/guardian turns
65 years of age (or before, if needed)
guardian or agent should prepare for
transition to other guardian or agent.
WHEN PARENT TURNS 62