Other: Fully Dependent Adults

Most states have laws which allow parents to continue health plan coverage for their disabled adult children, even past the point at which a child’s eligibility for dependent coverage would normally terminate because of their age. California law, for example, allows coverage to continue if the disabled child can’t support him or herself by work […]

Housing

There are several types of housing options available. A disabled adult can live on their own, if able, in houses or apartments or if they are unable to care for themselves with limited help, they can live in residential facilities, such as adult foster care, group homes, farms and institutions. Because of the epidemic numbers […]

College

There are companies who can assist you in finding grants, scholarships and appropriate placements in schools, as well as offering ongoing tutoring and mentoring services throughout the school year. There are also many on-campus programs to help your child attend and succeed at college. The main places you will find autism/disability-specific college scholarships and funding […]

Legal Needs

Wills, Powers of Attorney, Special Needs Trusts and ABLE Accounts all require a lawyer but are necessary for many adults with ASD. Disability Rights is a national organization providing free/low-cost legal help. Proper planning for your child’s future requires documentation. All of these legal documents require a lawyer: Last Will and Testament Describes how you […]

Government Programs: SSI & the Draft

All men must register for Selective Service (aka the Draft), even men with autism, unless they are institutionalized. Failure to do so can disqualify them for services. Apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) In 2017, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will give the disabled adult up to $735 a month plus Medicaid coverage for health insurance […]

Guardianship

A general guardianship or conservatorship gives someone power to make decisions about medical care, finances, living situations and more. Some states allow for a “limited” guardian or conservator of a person with ASD. Your child’s 18th birthday is a big day, not just for your family, but legally. Turning 18 means they are now a […]