As children with disabilities reach young adulthood, planning for their transition to adulthood is critical. Transition planning includes developing a child’s independent living skills as well as vocational and academic skills that will help them succeed in a job or post-secondary education. Additional planning for child’s transition to adulthood includes securing public benefits and considering whether to pursue guardianship or a power of attorney for your young adult child.
Batchis Nestle & Reimann will advocate for an appropriate transition plan in your child’s IEP. We can also counsel and assist in securing public benefits, establishing a power of attorney or special needs trust and/or petitioning the court for guardianship.
Guardianship or Power of Attorney
Many clients ask us whether they need a power of attorney or guardianship for their child when he or she turns 18. The answer depends on your child’s needs, and the attorneys at Batchis Nestle & Reimann can guide you through this choice. Guardianship is a legal process by which the Court appoints a guardian, often a parent, to make some or all decisions for your adult child. A power of attorney is a document in which your adult child gives consent for another person to make certain decisions on his or her behalf.
Transition and Post-Secondary Education Planning
School districts are required to include transition planning in the IEP of every student who turns 14 in the year of the effective IEP. We can advocate for your child to ensure that transition services meet your child needs.
Public Benefits – Medicaid Waivers, Social Security, Medical Assistance
You have always worked hard to provide for your child. Young adults with disabilities may need additional support. Young adults with disabilities may be eligible for public benefits such as health insurance through Medicare or Medicaid (Medical Assistance in Pennsylvania), Medicaid Waivers, Social Security Disability payments or Supplemental Security Income. We can help you to understand and obtain these public benefits.