Planning for the Future: Entering Adulthood

Apply for Supplemental Security Income

When a person turns age 18, Social Security evaluates the individual based on the definition of disability for adults to receive benefits under Supplemental Security Income. You must apply for this benefit on behalf of your son or daughter to start SSI benefits as an adult.

Call 1-800-772-1213  to set an appointment. Medicaid health benefit is included with SSI.

**Please note that your son or daughter has a $2,000 limit of assets to be and continue to be eligible for this benefit. There are financial tools that will protect your son or daughter’s federal benefits. See our Financial Resources Page for more information.

More about social security benefits.

Establish Guardianship

One of the most important things to think about when your member is about to turn 18 is establishing legal guardianship. Click below for more information on how to start this important process.


Financial Reources

It is natural for parents to plan for their children’s financial future. A Special Needs Trust is a tool to assist parents in providing for the long-term needs of their son or daughter. Able Accounts do not replace the need for a Special Needs Trust but is an additional option to provide financial stability and protect benefits for an individual with special needs. Click to learn more

Financial Resources

Independent Living

Our members live in all types of scenarios: independently, in group settings, with families, and more. Please reach out to discuss what options may be a fit for your member. You can also find resources at the Center for Accessible Living  If you are looking for supported living options in our community here are some of them in our community.


Down Syndrome of Louisville does not currently offer transportation, however, any adults who attend our programming use TARC or Cedar Lake for transportation.

Health & Medical Resources

Many of our members transition to an Adult Physician at this time. See the updated Adult Health Guidelines for Individuals with Down Syndrome on our Health & Medical Resource page.

Health & Medical Resources

Check out our Adult Programs that include things like College, Career, Life Skills and more…

ALL Family Support Services

Workshops & Webinars, Medicaid & Waiver Services, Caregiver Support, Library Resources, Family Fun Events, Family Mentor Program, Aging with Down syndrome and more

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Our Adult Services Staff is here for you…

Shelly Durbin

Director of Adult Programming and Waiver Services

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Sharon Doerr

Academy Manager

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Adult News & Stories

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