Planning Ahead For When Your Special Child Turns 18 Mar 12, 2010

Planning ahead is wise for all. It is essential for the future of a child with special needs who is about to turn 18. In most states, a child's 18th birthday signifies the moment when that child is legally presumed to be competent to make his or her own medical, financial, and educational decisions. Unless parents take precautionary steps to overcome that legal presumption, their child - legally - could quit school, sign up to purchase expensive toys or leave home. If an 18-year-old child is ill, the parents tech nically lose the ability to be informed about the illness or to make medical decisions for their child. What precautionary steps to consider, as that 18th birthday approaches, is the subject of this article.  Read the full article.