During these years that your family member is immersed in school, make the most of the support they have to focus on emerging independent living skills, employment opportunities, and connections to your community. Typically, after age 21, school activities and school based services end. It is important to learn as much as you can about the road ahead so that you can begin to prepare your family member for a full life after school.
A new adult guardianship law became effective on January 1st, 2022 in Washington state. These changes bring a lot of questions and information to learn on how it may affect you and your loved one. Washington Courts have created information sheets for the new law and how it may affect you.
A medical power of attorney (or healthcare proxy) allows you to appoint a person you trust as your healthcare agent (or surrogate decision maker), who is authorized to make medical decisions on your behalf. This website allows you to download (pdf file) your state's advance directive.
SSI (Supplemental Security Income) and the Social Security Administration
Find out what you qualify for and how Social Security can help you.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are NOT the same! Please note that you will be denied for SSDI before you can be approved for SSI.
A self-directed questionnaire for every stage of life. For ages 14-21: "It’s important for me to have a say in where I live and work and what my life looks like. I need goals and people to help me get there. Please fill this plan out together with me."
This downloadable pdf explains that customers now have the option to add or remove special designations in the driver license and identification (ID) card system. These designations can give first responders information about how you communicate or conditions that affect a health emergency.
The wallet card is a tool to be used by a teenager or an adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or intellectual disabilities. Visit us to see how to apply for and use a card, when to use it, and tips on how to safely interact with law enforcement and first responders.
A team effort provides support and guidance to students with disabilities as they prepare to move from high school to the work place. Each student’s transition team includes the student, parents, school staff, and VR Counselors.