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Individuals With Disabilities Act
IDEA ACT - A Quick Reference
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Introduction to Universal Housing Design
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Building a New House ~ That Works!
Introduction to Universal Housing Design
Entrances and Thresholds
Single Family Home Resources
Remodeled Bathroom
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Adding a Ramp
Good Restroom
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Great Space Adaptions
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Ramp Design
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Adding a Ramp
Retrofit Door Sill Ramp
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Free or Discounted Prescription Programs
Medicaid Waivers
Legal Adults - Introduction
Guardianship and Declaration of Incapacitation
Establishing Guardianship and Obtaining a Declaration of Incapacitation
Dependency Determination (Military)
When to Start the Transition Process
Begin Transition - Age 14-16
Exploring Possibilities and Guardianship Issues - Age 17
Age 18
After High School Graduation - Age 19-22
Post High School Education Options
Future Housing Options
Specialized Medical Equipment
Wheelchair Evaluation
Wheelchair Safety
Introduction: Special Needs and the Military Family
DEERS & ID Cards
Dependency Determination
TriCare Introduction
TriCare Program Options
Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
Individual Case Management
TriCare Extended Care Health Option (ECHO)
Early Intervention
Housing Options
Family Support Services
Community Contacts
Letters of Medical Sufficiency
Wheelchair Accessible Vans
Van Conversion: A good Example
Fund Raising - The Flamingo Air Project
Utah DSPD Complaint List Winter 2011

When To Start the Transition Process

Most children begin thinking about their ideas and wishes for adulthood while in their early teens. It is no different for a child with disabilities. However. Children who have been involved with Special Education for several years may find the change in focus unsettling. Instead of identifying and working to minimize challenges the IEP team and family members now find themselves working on goals directed toward your child's future after leaving the school system and the IDEA program.

In most states Transition Services are a coordinated group of activities and services based on the child's needs, abilities, strengths, and interests. The purpose of these activities and services is to prepare your child for life AFTER leaving the IDEA system at age 22.

The following is intended as a GENERAL guide. Discretion should be used in each individual instance to ensure the proper steps are being made at the right time, in the right place, and in the direction the child wants to go. Don't forget, SELF-DETERMINATION is a major key to the success of the transition period.