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Transition to Adulthood


Transitioning to adulthood

Additional Resources

The primary sources for Disability Information

ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodation, communications, and governmental activities.

The site also includes:

ADA Information Line
The U.S. Department of Justice provides information about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) through a toll-free ADA Information Line.


Government Assistance


Social Security and Medicare

Guide to Adult Benefits, Services, and Resources
University of Illinois, Chicago
This booklet includes information and resources that can be useful in planning for government benefits and health insurance.

Social Security Online Registration
Selective Service System

United States Social Security Administration
Official website of the U.S. Social Security Administration

The SSA New Resource:
This resource is part of the SSA new initiative to promote education and awareness of Social Security Disability Insurance benefits and dispel common misconceptions about the program.

PUNS: Priority Utilization of Needed Services

Illinois Department of Human Services
In 2003, the Illinois General Assembly created a cross-disability database or waiting list for services for people with disabilities in Illinois. The State now collects information from families using a survey tool called the Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Service (PUNS). The PUNS is for anyone anticipating the need for services in the next five years.

PUNS: The Basics
ARC of Illinois

Applying for Services and PUNS
ARC of Illinois

Building Bridges to the Future
Manual - BMP Special Education Cooperative
Assisting Families and Professionals in Transitioning Students with Developmental Disabilities to the World of Adult Services
PUNS Questionnaire pp 9-20 (refer to the above PDF document)

Illinois PUNS Program
TAP: The Autism Program of Illinois
The document includes Spanish version

Legal Resources

Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) The Illinois State Board of Education partners with school districts to provide programs and services for students with specialized educational needs.

Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission
Created in 1979, the Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission protects the rights and promotes the welfare of persons with disabilities.

Guardianship & Alternatives
University of Illinois at Chicago