Turning 18 Checklist
When your student turns 18 they will be a legal adult. He or she will be responsible for their own decisions unless they have a legal guardian.
There are many areas to take into consideration when planning for adulthood:
- Post-Secondary/Continuing education
- Personal independence/Living Arrangements/Housing
- Transportation/Independent Travel Skills
The following is a checklist of transition activities that you may wish to consider when preparing transition plans with the IEP Team.
Four to Five Years Before Leaving the School District
- Identify personal learning styles and necessary accommodations to be a successful learner and worker.
- Identify career interests and skills, complete interest and career inventories, and identify additional education or training requirements.
- Explore options for secondary education and admissions criteria.
- Identify interests and options for future living arrangements, including supports.
- Learn to communicate effectively your interests, preferences, and needs.
- Be able to explain your disability and the accommodations you need.
- Learn and practice informed decision making skills.
- Investigate assistive technology tools that can increase community involvement and employment opportunities.
- Broaden your experiences with community activities and expand your friendships.
- Pursue and use local transportation options outside of family.
- Investigate money management and identify necessary skills.
- Aquire identification card and the ability to communicate personal information.
- Identify and begin learning skills necessary for independent living.
- Learn and practice personal health care.
Two to Three Years Before Leaving the School District
- Identify community support services and programs (Vocational Rehabilitation, County Services, Centers for Independent Living, etc.).
- Invite adult service providers, peers, and others to the IEP transition meeting.
- Match career interests and skills with vocational course work and community work experiences.
- Gather more information on post-secondary programs and the support services offered; and make arrangements for accomodations to take college entrance exams.
- Identify health care providers and become informed about sexuality and family planning issues.
- Determine the need for financial support (Supplemental Security Income, state financial supplemental programs, Medicare).
- Learn and practice appropriate interpersonal, communication, and social skills for different settings (employment, school, recreation, with peers, etc.).
- Explore legal status with regards to decision making prior to age of 18.
- Begin a resume and update it as needed.
- Practice independent living skills, e.g., budgeting, shopping, cooking, and housekeeping.
- Identify needed personal assistance services, and if appropriate, learn to direct and manage these services.
One Year Before Leaving the School District
- Apply for financial support programs. (Supplemental Security Income, Independent Living Services, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Personal Assistant Services).
- Identify the post-secondary school you plan to attend and arrange for accomodations.
- Practice effective communication by developing interview skills, asking for help, and identifying necessary accomodations at post-secondary and work environments.
- Specify desired job and obtain paid employment with supports as needed.
- Take responsibility for arriving on time to work, appointments, and social activities.
- Assume responsibility for health care needs (making appointments, filling and making prescriptions, etc.).
- Register to vote and register for selective service (if male).