You may apply at any age for an ID card from the Georgia Public Safety Division. If you are under age 18 you must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Proper ID is required such as a birth certificate and proof of parental address. The cost of this card is $10.00. No personal checks are accepted. First time applicants must go to a Driver's License Facility Full Testing Facility.
Your Social Security number is the most important ID for you to have. Contact your nearest Social Security office to apply. 1 800 772 1213. You may download forms SS 5 from www.ssa.gov, a free service.
Supplemental security income (SSI) makes monthly payments to people who are aged, disabled, or blind and have limited income and resources (assets). To receive SSI payments on the basis of disability or blindness, you must meet the social security definition of "disabled" or "blind." You do not need social security work credits to get SSI payments. People may be eligible for SSI even if they have never worked. People who receive SSI benefits can also qualify for social security if they are eligible. Children who are disabled or blind, as well as adults, may qualify for SSI payments. To be eligible for SSI, you must have limited income and resources and be a citizen of the U.S. or its territories.
Social Security online www.ssa.gov.
To apply in Georgia: Call the Social Security Administration 1-800-772-1213 to find your closest Social Security office.
For information about work incentives and Navigating Government Benefits
Sally Atwell, Program Director (866) 77-2726 email@example.com
Benefits Navigator Program, Shepherd Center, 2020 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30309
IDEA has outlined procedures for the transfer of educational rights from the parent to the student when the student reaches the age of majority (18 under Georgia law). IDEA requires that the student and the parent be notified about the pending transfer of rights one year prior to reaching the age of majority in order to give the family time to consider their options and make decisions regarding the determination of competency. Under Georgia law, unless there has been a court proceeding declaring otherwise, all individuals are considered competent at the age of 18 and all legal rights transfer to the individual. A court decision taking all rights away from a student or listing specific rights taken away, including educational rights, is necessary for the rights to remain with the parent and/or guardian once the student reaches 18 years of age. The IEP must contain a statement that the parent and the student have been notified one year prior to the transfer of rights.
When the student turns 18, the IEP should then contain a statement that the rights have been transferred. Once the rights transfer, the student becomes the person responsible for educational decision-making under IDEA. However, the parents retain their right to notice as long as the student remains eligible under IDEA. Notice should include: IEP meetings, placement and/or service change meetings, notice regarding graduation, or any other required notice information.
Post-School Living Opportunities through the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities
Georgia Department of Human Resources
Behavioral health and Developmental Disabilities
Two Peachtree Street, N.W., 22nd Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Mental Retardation Waiver Program (MRWP) Summary This is Georgia's first waiver that began in 1989 and currently serves the most consumers. It provides individual fee-for-service reimbursement for an array of eleven different services that support people in the community. These supports range from providing twenty-four hour residential and day program services to periodic intermittent services such as respite. Waiver services also include reimbursement for environmental and vehicle modifications as well as medical equipment and supplies.
For information on Georgia's New Options Waiver (NOW) and Comprehensive Supports Waiver (COMP)
Services under the NOW and COMP waivers related to living opportunities include:
Employment Services through The Georgia Department of Human Resources, Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities
The New Options Waiver Program (NOW) and the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) provides the following services to participants that are related to employment services:
Call Kate Brady, the Employment Director in the Office of DD, at (404) 657-6427 or e-mail her with questions about Supported Employment Services in the NOW/COMP Waiver at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Employment First Georgia is a statewide resource promoting innovative, customized employment practice. Each individual will be supported to pursue his or her own unique path to work, a career, or his or her contribution to participation in community life.
Employment First Georgia is housed under the Georgia Advocacy Office and supported by a collaborative of state and federal agencies, including start-up funds from the U.S. Department of Labor/Office of Disability Employment Policy.
Employment First Georgia
150 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. Suite 430 | Decatur, GA 30030
Phone: (404) 885-1234 | Fax: (404) 378-0031