As a child with disabilities nears the age of adulthood (18), there are many steps needed to establish adult eligibility. Your child must apply for Social Security benefits, plan the transition from school as well as move any children’s services to adult comprehensive or support services.
There are several state agencies who play a role in your child’s access to residential and employment services as an adult. Adult services are based on eligibility criteria and are not guaranteed by law like educational services. Make sure that you contact these agencies well before your child’s 18th birthday.
There are a wide array of residential and employment options for people with disabilities. Learn more about the options by watching these videos from Nemours.
Click HERE to view a video that discusses the variety of residential programming available to people with disabilities in the adult world and how to make sure young adults are registered with the right services in their state.
Click HERE to view a video that offers guidance to make sure young adults get the most out of high school and are aware of their options, including post-secondary education, job training programs, day programs and competitive employment. Vocational rehab services, adult disability resource centers and family-to-family information networks are also addressed.
Delaware Disability Hub
transition website for young adults with disabilities and their families
Division for the Visually Impaired (DVI)
educational, vocational and independent living programs for the visually impaired
Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDDS)
reimbursement, respite, parent training, in-home care and other social supports
Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD)
programs, home modification, options counseling for adults with disablities
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
employment services, supports and training
Freedom Center for Independent Living (FCIL)
training, support and advocacy to support independent living
The ARC of Delaware
housing, employment and advocacy for individuals with disabilities and their families
Transition to Adulthood – Your Rights
website with information about rights for young adults with disabilities