• Transition By The Numbers

    Transition Planning in Dupage County:  Suggested Activities by Age

     
    Age 14:
    • Learn about PUNS (Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services) and if you need to initiate the process to get on this state wait list for services.  Learn how adult services are obtained, funded, and coordinated.
    • Familiarize yourself with the public funding realities in Illinois and make plans for the possibility that your family may need to privately pay for any adult services and supports.  Remember that adult services are not an entitlement in Illinois. 
    • Consider the need for a "Special Needs Trust" and the impact of accumulating assets in your child's name.
    • Attend Next Steps Trainings to learn about resources, services, benefits, etc.
    • Develop a Transition Plan as part of the IEP no later than age 14 1/2.
    • Think about where the student wants to be at age 22-25.  Make a list of the top 3-5 barriers to your student's employment, volunteering or postsecondary education make sure your IEP incorporates goals to help reach those desired outcomes and overcome the barriers.
    • Stress self care, choice making, and decision skill development.
    • Focus on helping your student appropriately express important social needs such as "I don't understand" "I need help" "I need a break" "I need more work".
    Age 15:
    • Check your PUNS- do you need to complete an annual update or get registered?
    • Review eligibility requirements for government benefits such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and private health insurance.  
    • Review high school course of study and transition goals.
    • Ask school staff about the Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services and how that office is involved in transition.
    • Begin work/training experiences in the school and community.
    • Have student learn about needed accommodations and how to ask for them independently.
    • Review future living options, including those funded by the state and those you might privately fund.
    Age 16: 
    • Check your PUNS - do you need to complete an annual update or get registered?
    • Attend Next Steps Training or other information nights regarding futures planning.
    • Get State ID or driver's license.
    • Review high school course of study and transition goals.
    • Discuss how long student will attend high school.
    • Consider post-secondary educational options.
    • Pursue part-time employment and volunteer opportunities.
    • Discuss supported employment, job coaching, self-employment, micro-business, career counseling and job shadowing options.
    • Seek information on guardianship, power of attorney, wills, and trusts.
    • Explore future living and support options.
    Age 17:
    • Check your PUNS - do you need to complete an annual update or get registered?
    • Establish graduation date.
    • Review transition goals and their relationship to desired adult outcomes.
    • Begin collecting information about institutions of higher education if post-secondary education is a goal.
    • Investigate financial aid and scholarships for post-secondary education.  
    • Explore health insurance coverage and other benefits such as Social Security, Medicaid, food stamps, and Medicare.
    • Decide if student will need a legal guardian at age 18.
    Age 18:
    • Check your PUNS - do you need to complete an annual update or get registered?
    • Apply for Social Security and Medicaid.
    • Register to vote.
    • Register for Selective Service (males only).
    • Establish legal guardianship only if deemed necessary.
    • Review transition goals and their relationship to desired adult outcomes.
    • Apply for post-secondary program if graduating.
    • Contact Special Needs Coordinator at colleges, if applicable.
    • Visit vocational programs and explore adult options like self-employment and micro-business to help you decide your preferences and the best match for your student.
    Age 19-22:
    • Continue to update status on PUNS state wait list for services at least annually.
    • Explore funding for adult options.
    • Ensure transition plan encompasses all areas of adult living including work, leisure, self-advocacy, residential, and post secondary education.
    • Review transition goals and course of study annually.
    • Pursue adult education opportunities.
    • Introduce concepts/training in the area of budgeting and the real cost of living on your own.
    • Find suitable employment that offers desired work hours and salary.
    • Become familiar with the Work Incentive Coordinator in your area.  The WIC is a great resource in helping you learn about the impact of wages/savings on your benefits and ways to maximize both.
    • Ensure that you have a plan for health insurance coverage after graduation.
    • Plan for the possibility that your student may not have a job of or day program after transition.  What supports will they need to and how will you pay for these?
    Information provided through a  joint project between the Transition Planning Committee and PACT, Inc. with assistance from the Illinois Autism Training & Technical Assistance Project.