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* Do we follow-through with the shared plan?

Condensed from a CASSP discussion paper from a program, “Parent/Professional Collaboration: The Current Reality and Challenges for the Future”. (2002)


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Appendix B: Transition Time Line

Before Age 14:

* If determined appropriate by the IEP team, transition services may be included in the IEP

* Begin to consider interests and preferences that can be connected with the education & medical plans

Age 14:

* Transition services must be included as part of the IEP

* Youth has the right to be part of the IEP transition team

* Review attached appendices to determine eligibility for services and when to apply

* Start thinking and talking about transition from pediatric to adult health care providers

* Begin to update evaluations and assessments including medical and psychological at age 16

Age 18:

* A youth has the right to make all his/her own decisions about health care OR evaluate and consider other decision-making options that need to be investigated

* A youth may choose not to continue in school. Parent may override this decision until age 21

* Transition to adult health care providers could be completed

* Apply for SSI and reapply for MA programs

* Contact private insurance about continued coverage

* Males need to register for selective service

* A youth can register to vote

Age 21:

* This is the last year the youth is entitled to special education services through PA Department of Education (PDE)

* Transition to adult health care providers should be complete unless special provisions are made

* As of the 21st birthday, if the youth still qualifies for MA, then limited adult MA services will begin

Continue the development of social skills and interests in community and recreational activities throughout these years

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Appendix C: Financial and Legal Concerns

A. Is able to provide a signature. At age 18, a youth has the right to make health care decisions

B. Considers the following in their Financial and Estate Planning

* Income or funding


* Estate planning

* Special Needs Trusts

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