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Aging and Disability Resource Center of Dane County

Transition Planning Resources

  • Living My Dream

A resource guide about publicly funded long-term care programs, integrated employment, achieving personal goals after high school, and many other transition-related topics.

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  • Opening Doors

A series of publications by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction about various transition-related topics.

Opening Doors to Adult Services

Opening Doors to Employment

Opening Doors to Post Secondary Education & Training

Opening Doors to Self Determination

  • Wisconsin Transition Resource Guide

Provides tips and resources to help plan for adulthood and life after high school.

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  • Madison Metropolitan School District Guide To Transition Services - Fall 2020

Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) Guide to Transition Services for students (18 - 21 year old) with transition needs and their family members.

MMSD Transition Guide

  • Guardianship Support Center Site

Information and assistance on issues related to adult guardianship, protective placement, advance directives, supported decision making and more.

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  • Supported Decision Making

Information from Wisconsin BPDD about Supported Decision-Making and strategies that help individuals to have more control over their life and future. Resources include a Supported Decision-Making Guidebook, Toolkit and links to recorded Webinars.

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  • Transitioning to Adulthood: Guardianship and Children with Significant Disabilities

Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources publication about guardianship and alternatives to guardianship.

Transitioning to Adulthood Guardianship

  • Required New Guardian Training

The training requirement applies to all new petitions for guardianship filed as of January 1, 2023, as well as petitions to appoint a standby or successor guardian filed on or after Jan 1. It does not apply to corporate guardians or guardians of minor children under the age of 18. For volunteers or family members who anticipate serving as guardian for more than one ward, the training must only be completed once.  While the training is intended for new guardians, it is available to anyone who would like to take it.

  • Social Security Administration Representative Payee

Security's Representative Payment Program provides benefit payment management for people who need assistance to manage their monthly Social Security income.

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  • Power Of Attorney

Power of Attorney for Finances and Property

Do It Yourself Consumer Packet: Planning for Future Financial Decision Making

Power of Attorney for Finances and Property blank form

Revoking a Power of Attorney for Finances and Property

Power of Attorney for Health Care

Do It Yourself Consumer Packet: Planning for Future Health Care Decision Making

Power of Attorney Health Care blank form

Revoking a Power of Attorney for Health Care

  • Examining Physician’s or Psychologist’s Report

A report that is used in a legal proceeding to determine if an individual is in need of a guardian, protective placement and/or protective services.

Examining Physicians Report

  • ABLE Accounts

A fact sheet about ABLE Accounts that was developed by the ADRC of Dane County Disability Benefit Specialist Program.


  • Special Needs Trust

A fact sheet about various types of special needs trusts that was developed by the ADRC of Dane County Disability Benefit Specialist Program.


  • Dane County Transportation Center

Provides information and assistance to help people to learn about and connect with transportation resources.


  • Quick Reference Guide

Transportation Provider Options in Dane County for People with Developmental and Other Disabilities.


  • Transportation Reference and Individualized Planning (T.R.I.P.) Toolkit

The Transportation Independence Project (TIP) has prepared this toolkit to increase informed transportation decision making in people with developmental disabilities as they consider: how transportation helps them live the life they choose, self-assess their needs, explore the full continuum of transportation options, select the best option for each trip and take steps to arrange services and supports. The toolkit may be used independently, or with the help of family, a caregiver or a team who supports an individual.


Children's Long Term Support (CLTS)

This program funds community supports and services for children who have substantial limitations in their daily activities and need support to remain in their home or community. Eligible children include those with developmental disabilities, severe emotional disturbances, and physical disabilities. Funding can be used to support a range of different services based on an assessment of the needs of the child and his or her family.


The Katie Beckett Program is a program that allows certain children with long-term disabilities, mental illness, or complex medical needs, living at home with their families, to obtain a ForwardHealth card (Medicaid).


Children who are not eligible for other Medicaid programs because the income or assets of their parents are too high may be eligible for Medicaid through the Katie Beckett Program. A child may be eligible for this source of Medicaid even if they are currently covered under a private health insurance policy.


To learn more about these programs contact: 608-242-6226 or

  • Division of Vocational Rehabilitation [DVR]

A Federal/State agency that assists people with disabilities to achieve their desired employment outcomes.

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  • Project SEARCH – Madison

Project SEARCH is a 12 month, high school transition program for students with disabilities, ages 18-21. This program is based at VA Hospital & UW Hospital & Clinics and provides vocational training and education with a goal of obtaining community employment. All applicants must have an open DVR file to be considered.

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  • How to apply for Social Security Disability Benefits

Guide that was developed by the ADRC of Dane County Disability Benefit Specialist Program.

How to Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits

Authorization to Disclose to the Social Security Administration (SSA-Form 829)

  • How to Transition to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) at age 18

Guide that was developed by the ADRC of Dane County Disability Benefit Specialist Program.


  • ADRC Disability Benefit Specialist Program

This is a free program provided by the ADRC to assist people with disabilities to apply for SSI/SSDI benefits and can also assist with appealing benefit denials.


  • How to create an online My Social Security Account

You can create a my Social Security account to access your Social Security Statement to check your earnings and get your benefit estimates.


  • The United States Social Security Administration

Federal agency that administers Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.

Social Security Administration Homepage

Social Security Youth Resources - Social Security’s webpage with resources to connect youth and young adults with disabilities to important information to achieve education, career, and life goals.