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How can I support my child with special needs from ages 18 to 21?

The following are suggestions on how you can support the development of your child with special needs from 18 to 21 years old:

Development
  • Be a resource for your young adult.
  • Encourage your young adult to join in groups or activities relevant to his or her special healthcare needs and interests. This may include:
  • Support groups
Mentoring opportunities
Online communities
Community activities
Social opportunities
  • Young adults may register to vote! Contact your county clerk for more information.
Medical
  • Continue moving medical care to an adult healthcare provider. Find a healthcare provider who meets your adult child's needs.
  • Once your child is an adult, parents may only access medical information with the child's permission. Some parents need to obtain legal guardianship for their adult-age, special needs child.
Education
  • Encourage your young adult to find out about the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation services.
  • Some young adults may continue to receive school-based services from their local school district through their 21st year.
  • If your young adult plans to attend college, encourage them to contact student services for any needed accommodations.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.