From Autism Transition Handbook
A printable version of the Timeline is available in Timeline for Transition Planning
To Consider at Any Age
- Is my child eligible for Supplemental Security Income Benefits(SSI)?
- Is my child receiving service coordination services (case management) through the Medicaid Waiver?
- Is my child involved with Recreation/leisure activities?
- Are medical counseling needs being addressed?
- Is my child increasing his or her responsibilities at home?
- Has a determination been made about guardianship, if needed?
- Is my child learning self-advocacy skills?
For additional preparation, see Family Preparation for Transition from the Gretchen Everhart School
By age 12
- Begin to collect information on Waiver funding and possible services from the ODD (if eligible)
- Begin to explore employment interests, aptitudes, and abilities
- Continue to explore, assess, and teach self-help, ADL skills
- Continue to develop communication and social skills
- State photo ID may be obtained for child as young as 10
- Begin Person-Centered Futures Planning
By age 14
- Continue employment exploration of interests, aptitudes, and abilities
- School conducts first IEP/Transition Meeting
- Reach out to your school district's transition coordinator.
- Begin community based employment training;
- Begin to apply for appropriate waiver funding if needed
- Apply for Supplemental Security Income Benefits(SSI)
- Acquire state identification (photo ID) card
By age 15
- Set up Special Needs Trust
- Open MH/MR case if not done already
- Explore work, residential and leisure options
- Assess and determine eligibility for adult services
By age 16
- Identify employment interests and skills the student can use in a career
- School assesses student in transition with focus on adult outcomes
- IEP meeting must also include any involved agencies to discuss future
- Include activities such as career exploration, job sampling
- Begin to identify community services that provide job training placement and other community resources
- Consider volunteer experiences
- Discussion and writing of the criteria for graduation (either school district requirements or the completion of the IEP)
- Begin to gather information regarding guardianship, health care proxy, and emancipation
- Determine need for Financial Support; Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid, state financial supplemental programs
- Identify health care providers
- Examine social security benefits
- Collect information about Residential or Independent Living services
- Apply to OVR for services if appropriate
- Transportation: use of public transportation, travel training, ride sharing, driver’s license training if appropriate.
- Parents address legal issues of guardianship, health care proxy and emancipation
- Continue to update transition plan
- Have student visit colleges/career training schools if appropriate
- Male students register with Selective Service
- Register to vote by downloading an application at www.votepa.com or visit a local country voter registration office.
- Parents review health insurance (private or Medicaid)
- Apply or recertify for Social Security Benefits
- Apply for financial support programs (Vocational Rehabilitation, independent living services, personal assistant services)
- Continue to review and update transition plan
- Prepare resume and/or portfolio
- Visit programs that may provide vocational or other services for the student after high school ends
- A notice will be given one year before the child reaches the age of majority (21 years old in Pennsylvania) informing the student and parents of his/her IDEA rights, and that they will transfer from the adult to the child.