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These resources educate parents and individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities prepare for transition to adulthood. They span topics of special education transition planning, financial planning, government benefits and adult decision making.

Adult Transition Planning

In this talk, Beth Thompson from Milestones Autism Resources discusses steps toward transition to adulthood including steps toward post-secondary education and/or vocation. Milestones is a resource for individuals of all ages with autism, but this talk overviews many steps in the adult transition process relevant for children with many other developmental disabilities. This talk also includes additional transition resources for families.

What Happens When My Child Turns 18?

This talk was hosted by Hickman, Lowder, Lidrbauch, and Welch Co., LPA. The presenters review the special education IEP transition planning process in detail including special education rights of caregivers and individuals and responsibilities of the school district. There is also a section discussing the many options for supported adult decision making such as guardianship, but also reviews many less restrictive alternatives. SSI and Medicaid are also discussed.

STABLE Account or Special Needs Trust?

This talk was hosted by Hickman, Lowder, Lidrbauch, and Welch Co., LPA. The presenters review two common methods of financial planning including the STABLE Account and Special Needs Trusts. The difference between these two tools is discussed as well as how each may benefit those with special needs.