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AT BIRTH OR AGE OF DIAGNOSIS

Determine eligibility for services with the county board and Help Me Grow.

Determine SSI eligibility (household

income and assets are counted.)

 

County board and/or Help Me Grow may provide

services with both local dollars and Medicaid.

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TEEN YEARS

At 16.5, begin thinking about guardianship and/or supported decision making.

 

At 17.5, contact attorney to discuss guardianship or alternatives.

Investigate SSI and prepare to apply.

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Obtain Guardianship or develop supported decision making plan.

AGE 18

If you haven't already, support the individual to obtain a state ID (can be obtained at any age.)

Apply for SSI (only 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.

Planning for Bright Tomorrows
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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