At this age, if possible, questions are directed to the child.
Do you communicate problems/concerns with your doctor?
Do you take your medication/do treatments as scheduled (if applicable)?
Are you an informed participant taking part in making medical decisions for yourself?
Do you inform family of your need for medicine orders and refills?
Do you talk with our doctor/nurse/social worker about the need to choose an adult health care provider when you turn 18?
Do you understand your health insurance and how it works (insurance plans, deductibles, co-pays, etc.)?
Do you understand the importance of organizing and keeping your medical records and receipts?
Do you know the importance of having health insurance coverage and what will happen to it at 18?
Do you help plan and prepare meals/food?
Can you budget money and save up for something?
Are you deciding what your future plans look like (work, secondary education, vocational training, Job Corp, military, etc.)?
Are you learning about healthy behaviors such as exercise and nutrition that help you stay well?
Do you have a part time job or volunteering position?
Are you preparing for your future transportation needs by learning to drive, manage public or private transportation, understanding ADA transportation, or planning to be evaluated for the ability to drive, if applicable?
Do you intend to register to vote at age 18? Do you understand the importance of exercising your right to vote and the value of voting for candidates who support disability rights and services?
If you have an IEP or special needs concern:
Do you attend your IEP/504 meetings?
Are you planning for your future by being ready to list vocational goals on your IEP at age 16?
Do you know to reapply for SSI at age 18 because only your income will be considered at that time?
Do you know the issues of giving medical consent, guardianship, or power of attorney at age 18?
Do you understand how to work and continue to draw disability?
Do you know of services for the disabled such as Vocational Rehabilitation, School to Work, Supported Employment, Adult Day Care, etc.?
Do you understand your rights under the Americans with Disabilities act?
Do you understand that with a developmental disability, you can stay in high school until age 21?
Are you aware of Medicaid waivers? These waivers provide a funding stream for community living supports, residential, respite care and other services. If you have one, which one do you receive?