What is Transition? 

Transition planning is a process to help students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) decide what they want to do after high school. It also helps them figure out how to get there. The purpose is to help teens prepare to be independent young adults.

Please contact your child’s case manager with any specific questions you may have regarding the information listed below.  

Parent to Parent of Georgia Roadmap to Success 


Medicaid is a jointly funded, Federal-State health insurance program for low-income and needy people. It covers children, the aged, blind, and/or disabled and other people who are eligible to receive federally assisted income maintenance payments. Thirty-five states and the District of Columbia provide Medicaid eligibility to people eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI ) benefits. In these States, the SSI application is also the Medicaid application. Medicaid eligibility starts the same month as SSI eligibility. 

If denied Medicaid/SSI due to income, apply for Katie Becket for assistance with medical services and other support for the individual

  • Helpful Resources for Medicaid Basics & Community-Based Waivers-

New Option Waiver Program (NOW) and Comprehensive Support Waiver Program (COMP) 

Now and Comp are for eligible people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities who require supports after graduation.  NOW offers services and support to enable individuals to remain living on their own or in their family home and participate in the community. COMP serves individuals with more intensive needs, primarily those with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities who require residential care. You need this waiver if you want services from organizations like Happy Hour, Kay Center, Halo Group, Waves Autism Center, etc. or you will have to self-pay at an approximate rate of $50-100 (or more) per day for things like post-secondary job training, job placement, day center support, and/or residential care. 


Eligibility of SSI before the age of 18 is determined by parent’s income in addition to the student’s disability and needs. SSI provides a list of diagnosis/disabilities they accept. 

Eligibility of SSI before the age of 18 is determined by parent’s income in addition to the student’s disability and needs. (SSI provides a list of  diagnosis/disabilities they accept. If denied, apply for Katie Becket)

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA)

The Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency operates five integrated and interdependent statutory programs that share a primary goal - to help people with disabilities to become fully productive members of society by achieving independence and meaningful employment. The largest of the programs are Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program, Disability Adjudication Services, and Roosevelt Warm Springs/Cave Spring Center. 

State ID 

ID cards for adults/students with disabilities

Transfer of Rights

Understand all rights are transferred to the individual at the age of 18. This includes educational, medical and financial records. The school system will always include parents in educational decisions, but ultimately the student will have the final say in his/her educational future unless a parent has legal guardianship.

Understanding Guardianship

This should only be considered if the individual is not capable of making any decisions for themselves and can be proven through Probate Court. A petition is filed with the local Probate Court.