Adulthood

At age 18, a person becomes a legal adult and has all the rights and responsibilities of an adult – spanning from employment options to medical services to financial responsibilities.  Parents/guardians need to be aware of their obligations as well as the opportunities available when the child becomes an adult. A great place to start is Washington County’s Transition Resource Guide (be sure to search for the more recent copy). Additional local transition resources can be found at The Arc Greater Twin CitiesMinnesota Association for Guardianship & Conservatorship (MAGIC), and the PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment.

Employment, Training & Post-Secondary Education

Whether a child is thinking about getting a job or attending a post-secondary school, it is important to plan ahead and be aware of what accommodations and resources are available.

Housing

There is a variety of housing options for individuals with disabilities that accommodate different levels of functioning and needed support.

Relationships & Sexuality

The University of Minnesota College of Education & Human Development has several articles focused on sex and disabilities.

Transportation

See the Transportation section for more information.

Voting

See the Voting resources in the Legislative and Advocacy section.