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Webinar | Getting Ready for the Age of Majority

Webinar | Getting Ready for the Age of Majority

Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR)


Sue SwensonOffice of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
Federal Perspectives: Why Age of Majority IS a Big Deal

Dawn Rowe, National Technical Assistance Center for Transition
Getting Ready for the Age of Majority

 Cathy Haarstad, Pathfinder Parent Center, North Dakota
What Parent Centers Bring to Age of Majority


Age of majority is the age when children legally become adults. At this time, they gain the rights of adults, which include the right to vote, marry, apply for a credit card, make medical and financial decisions for themselves, sign contracts, live independently, and much more. In most states the age of majority is age 18.

This webinar discusses:

  • why age of majority is a critical issue for parents and youth with disabilities alike;
  • the importance of starting early and building young people’s decision-making skills;
  • resources, strategies, and tools for preparing youth for reaching their age of majority;
  • the valuable role that supported decision-making and person-centered planning can play in supporting the young person after he or she gains their majority; and
  • the part that Parent Centers can play in moving this message forward.

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Handouts for This Webinar

This webinar is based on the series of 4 tip sheets for parents just published on the Hub, a series that begins with Getting Ready for When Your Teen Reaches the Age of Majority: A Parent’s Guide.  The series also includes:

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SOURCE ARTICLE: Center for Parent Information and Resources