Adults: Life Planning

  • IDEA 2004 mandates educational alternatives for eligible children and adolescents with developmental disabilities through age 21, though there are some states who offer services beyond that age.
  • It is important to note that once the young adult leaves the school system, it is the parents’ responsibility to set up all aspects of their child’s day.
  • Once the young adult leave the school system, each state provides an array of support for the adult person with a developmental disability, based on eligibility, need, and the wait list for services (and many states have a wait list for adult services).
  • The programs and services offered vary not only by state but also by localities within each state, and the adult services are offered by various agencies and these services often vary from agency to agency.
  • There is always the option to “private pay” for services if the wait list is too long or you wish to create programming that is not offered by any agency.
  • For more information about the adult services in your area, contact your local disability organization. If you do not know that organization, contact your local/nearest Arc