Supported Decision Making (Virginia Intercommunity Transition Council, VITC)
If your child is turning 17, it is time to begin thinking about the age of majority and what that means for you and your son or daughter. Federal and state laws require that Local Education Agencies explain this to parents and students by age seventeen. You need to consider how you might support the decisions he or she has to make upon reaching the age of majority at age eighteen. The freedom to make decisions and to be self-determined plays an important role in defining all of us as human beings and determining our quality of life. Some young adults will do a great job making choices, problem solving and advocating for themselves; others may need your involvement.
Click on the link to see a list of questions to think about when identifying your child’s ability to make decisions and manage key areas of their life, including:
Can your child search for and find a job?
Is your child able to manage their own money?