• Transition Steps Check List


    *All of these activities should be completed at the recommended age to make the process as smooth as possible. If the activities are not completed by the specified age, obtaining the services and funding may become more difficult.*


    By Age 15

    _____  What:  Estate Planning/Will/Special Needs Trust

    Why:  To prepare for application for SSI, a person cannot have more than $2000.00 in    their name.   A special needs trust can be established to protect a student's financial affairs.  If protection is not created, the state can withhold or stop benefits and require the money to be spent before reinstating benefits.  Estate Planning also provides guidance in the unfortunate event of the parents being unable to care for their child.


    _____  What:  PUNS

    Why:  For students with developmental disabilities, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and autism.  PUNS is the state system in which individuals may project anticipated services that will be needed to support an individual with an above stated disability such as:  respite services, home based supports, adult day supports, etc.  PUNS is the system in which the state pulls and provides funding for the above mentioned supports and services.   This is the only way to apply for funding for adult services for people with developmental disabilities in this geographical area.  PACT/Suburban Access serves as the PAS Agent for your county. PUNS must be completed and updated annually with your local PAS agent (Dupage:  PACT, Inc., Cook County:  Suburban Access)


    _____  What:  Participation in Development of Post 12th Grade/Post-Exit t\Transition Goals

    Why:  Projecting post-exit transition goals and services will help lead current supports, services, and goals as identified in the IEP.


    _____  What:  Attend Next Steps Transition Training Series

    Why:  This is a series of 6 nightly transition based parent trainings that explore the various aspects of transition and adult services.  Not only do participants obtain integral information in regards to planning for post-exit services, but it also provides parents the opportunity to network with various state and local agencies, as well as other area families.


    _____  What:  Explore Recreation Opportunities

    Why:  It is integral for individuals with disabilities to have continued exposure and opportunity to develop and maintain social relationships outside of the home and school environment.  Additionally, supported recreational opportunities can assist in not only providing school year based but summer recreation opportunities as well.  Agencies to consider:  SEASPAR and Gateway.



    Age 16

    _____  What:   Open case with DRS.

    Why:  Follow up with appointments and correspondence.  This provides the district funding to provide vocational training and when the student is an adult, DRS may provide further funding for additional adult services and/or necessary training.


    _____  What:  Obtain a State ID or Driver's License

    Why:  For identification purposes.


    _____  What:  Become Familiar with Transportation Options Available for Individuals with Disabilities.

    Why:  Not all individuals with disabilities may be able to obtain a drivers license.  By becoming familiar with alternative transportation options, it can provide the family with alternatives and options for planning future supports and services.




    Six Months Before Age 18­

    _____  What:  Consider Full/Partial Guardianship or Power of Attorney

    Why:  When a person turns 18, the law presumes you are capable of handling your own affairs.  A guardian can be appointed to serve as a substitute decision maker if a person has disabilities.  If smaller measures are appropriate, an parent can file for a Power of Attorney, allowing them to remain a part in decisions made for their child for educational, medical, or financial purposes.




    Age 18

    _____  What:  Complete Delegation of Rights/Submit Guardianship Documentation

    Why:  By law, students at age 18 become their own legal guardian.  As discussed a year prior to an individual's 18th birthday, young adults with disabilities must complete a Delegation of Rights for their school district.  This Delegation of Rights allows the young adult to either maintain their educational rights, or delegate (share) their education rights with a designated adult.  Families who have obtained guardianship must submit identified documentation to the school to negate this process.


    _____  What:  Apply for SSI

    Why:  SSI is short for Supplemental Security Income.  SSI provides income from the government through the lifespan to support a person with a disability who cannot independently support themselves.  There are two main factors the state considers in determining eligibility:  Your child must meet the Social Security Administrations definition of being disabled, and your child must have less than $2,000.00 in assets. 


    _____  What:  Apply for RTA Services

    Why:  RTA is the state of Illinois program that provides a free and/or reduced  public transportation (RTA) card for individuals with disabilities.


    _____  What:  Register Both to Vote and Males Register for Selective Service.

    Why:  Promote good citizenship and fulfill national law.




    After Receiving SSI

    _____  What:  Apply for Medicaid

    Why:   Medicaid is for medical insurance (that can supplement private insurance).  Medicaid is REQUIRED to access adult funding (except for private pay option) through the Medicaid Waiver funding that pays for adult programs and services for people with developmental disabilities.





    _____  What:  Maintain regular contact with chosen services providers

    Why:  Continue phone calls and updates to DRS, PACT/Suburban Access, and other adult services providers to keep files and cases current and open.  Invite all services personnel to IEP meetings and any other meeting to discuss transition and future services and funding.


    If you have additional questions, please contact Transition Coordinator Taryn Chrapkowski at tchrapko@hinsdale86.org or (630) 468-4406.