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A person who is born with, or develops, special needs may require support for the rest of their life. Establishing a special needs or transition plan for the person, based on their family’s needs, can secure the person’s future. When the person turns 18, they are presumed by law to be capable of making their own decisions. Planning for the future can assist a special needs parent or guardian in deciding what level of support the person may need.
Benefits such as SSI is a federal cash assistance program for those with limited income AND are either 65 years old or older or blind or disabled. Adult SSI beneficiaries must have limited income and resources ($2,000 in assets); parents’ income does not count for adult applicants. You do not have to have any work history. Monthly benefit payments are determined by the current benefit rate ($750 a month in 2018), minus any “countable income.”, SSDI, Medicaid, and Medicare can be essential to the person’s ability to lead a fulfilling, healthy, and productive life.