Updated: May 6, 2022
An individual becomes an adult at age 18
Starting at age 18, the ND individual can sign their IEP and IPP and any other legal documents
This is altered if the individual has a conservatorship in place
A conservatorship means preparing documents and going before a judge to prove that your young adult has a disability and continues to need support to make decisions (your RC will send documentation)
Conservators are usually family members(not always)
If interested in a conservatorship, it is recommended that you start researching at age 17.
There are also costs involved with this process and it is recommended that you get an attorney to help you.
Service coordinators at regional centers help adults age 20 through the life span
The coordinators who specialize in school-age services will typically remain with the individual until he or she is no longer eligible for post secondary education, and is stable in their living and post-educational arrangements
Assistance accessing community resources or entitlements such as SSI (Supplemental Security Income)
Independent Living Skills training
Out of Home Living Options