7.1 Complete your Level One Career Assessment: The Level 1 Career Assessment, which is mandatory for all students who are classified, is the structured collection of information that begins in middle school. Besides asking work skills questions that may be answered by existing information in student files, the process obtains information from key individuals, especially the student. This team, consisting of students, families and schools can begin to examine educational program and career options. This can ensure that students are exposed to enough information to make a real career choice that meets the student’s needs, preferences and abilities. (from VESID website)
7.2 Are you eligible for these services?
7.2 Students who may be eligible for services from the NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) or the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD) should already be connected by this age. Students who have a visual handicap should be referred to the Commission for the Blind and Visual Handicapped (CBVH) if they are not already connected.
7.3 Plan to attend your own IEP meeting.
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7.4 Parents should consider a Supplemental Needs Trust.
A Supplemental (or Special Needs) Trust is designed to provide benefits to, and protect the assets of, physically disabled or mentally disabled persons and still allow such persons to be qualified for and receive governmental health care benefits under the Medicaid program. Supplemental or Special Needs Trusts are frequently used to receive an inheritance or personal injury litigation proceeds on behalf of a disabled person and still allow the person to qualify for Medicaid benefits.