Turning 18 . . .
18.1 The Age of Majority and Guardianship:
An individual becomes his/her own guardian upon turning 18 (age of majority). At that time, the student is able to sign legal documents, vote, and sign agreement or disagreement to his/her Individual EducationProgram (IEP), and make his/her own medical and financial decisions. When a person with disabilities reaches the age of 18, he or she may not be capable of assuming all daily decision-making. When appropriate, families may investigate guardianship and special needs trusts prior to age 18. "Guardianship" is the legally determined authority of another individual or agency to make decisions on a person's behalf.
Ulster County Resources that can help with questions about the guardianship process:
RCAL -Resource Center for Accessible Living
Click here to download the Article 17A Guardianship forms.
18.2 Register to Vote . . .
"Every citizen of this country should be guaranteed that their vote matters, that their vote is counted, and that in the voting booth, their vote has a much weight as that of any CEO, any member of Congress, or any President." Senator Barbara Boxer
18.3 You may be eligible for medicaid...
18.4 Should you register with Selective Service? From the Selective Service Web Site: Virtually all men in the U.S. are required to register with Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday.Are disabled men, or men with medical conditions, required to register with Selective Service? If Selective Service is provided with documented evidence that the man is hospitalized or institutionalized; or home-bound and unable to function outside the home, with or without physical assistance; or is in such a physical or mental condition that he would not comprehend the nature of his registration with the Selective Service System a determination is then made . . as to whether or not the man qualifies for exemption from registration.
18.5 You can apply for Social Security Disability Insurance under your own income.
18.6 Apply for a NYS photo ID card (if you don't have a license)
18.8 Parents should review health insurance coverage for their child.