Explaining what happens when a disabled child turns 18

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Having a special needs child presents a lot of problems for parents. They might not know how to protect their children, especially if their child does not have the mental capacity to make their own decisions or to protect themselves. Parents have a couple of options when it comes to helping their special needs child succeed in life and avoid becoming the victim of a scam or other issue. But, what happens when the disabled child turns 18?

As your disabled child inches closer to the age of 18, you need to take a few things into consideration:

  • The ability of the child to feed, clothe, bathe and care for their own needs
  • If the child has the ability to effectively communicate their wants and needs
  • If the child has employment that is outside of the home
  • The income and the finances of the child and his or her family
  • The ability of the child to understand the consequences of their actions and decisions
  • If the child will need to live in an assisted living facility

If the child is able to communicate their needs and wants, you should take them into consideration as much as possible when making decisions about their future. This will help them prepare for what’s to come and let them see that there is confidence in them from the family.

When a disabled child reaches the age of 18, which is the legal age of adulthood, they are considered by the law to be able to make their own decisions. This can be problematic when the now-adult child still is incapacitated and cannot make decisions or care for themselves.

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