Transitioning from High School at 21 years old
If you are between the ages of 16 and 21, you are “in transition.” You are transitioning from school-based resources to adult services.
Developmental Disabilities (DD) Services
While you are in high school, day services are limited because they cannot replace what is available through the school system. Once eligible, you can have a DD Service Coordinator. Residential services depend on available funding.
After you have graduated high school, are 21 years old, and have been determined eligible, you may receive funding for day services. Information about services is available on our service array page. Your coordinator will help you choose services to meet your needs.
Set, Go! is a series of material and resources to assist young adults who
have developmental disabilities to make decisions about supports as they move
from high school to adult life. Funding for this project came from the Nebraska
Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities.
Services for Teens & Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities is a
brochure created by DD, Nebraska VR, and the Department of Education. It
explains what each organization provides during and after high school. online
(print two-sided) en
in Spanish (print two-sided)
Nebraska VR should be working with you.
Their services are available to students and adults seeking employment.
Transition Section of the Nebraska
Department of Education website explains what to expect and what is required of
Video from PTI Nebraska explains what parents, students, and Service
Coordinators need to know about the transition period.
You should apply for Social Security. You may be qualified for Social Security (SSA), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and/or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).
DD requires that you apply for federal Medicaid benefits and accept if qualified. Medicaid provides a federal match to state funds, which allows DD to fund more eligible people.
You may be able to get assistance from:
Local housing assistance
Food banks or food nets
In Douglas and Sarpy Counties - Bridge Program Benefits Planning for Youth 14-21
Information and referral is available from Nebraska 211, hosted by United Way of the Midlands. Dial “211” on any telephone to find the help you need.
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