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.
_____ 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.
_____ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 323-9673.