transition advocacy for young adults (18-21)

benefits & services

Social Security Administration

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources. To apply for Social Security and SSI disability benefits online, visit If you cannot apply for SSI online, call 1-800-772-1213 to set up an in-office or telephone appointment with a Social Security representative. Parents or guardians can apply for disabled children under age 18.

North Metro Community Services (NMCS) | (303) 457-1001

NMCS is an agency that coordinates services provided to people with IDD who live in Adams County. There are two adult waiver programs. 

Supported Living Services Waiver (SLS)

SLS provides necessary services and supports for adults (18+ years old) with IDD so they can remain living in their home. This waiver is designed to supplement existing natural supports. Youth ages 18-21 who are enrolled in school transition program can enroll into SLS.

Developmental Disabilities Waiver (DD)

DD program is for adults who have IDD and provides 24/7 supervision and comprehensive services.  There is an extensive waitlist for the DD waiver.  Contact NMCS for more information.


Public School Transition Programs

Each school district offers a transition program for students 18-21.  This program helps to prepare students for adult life after they leave high school.  It can be a bridge between school adult life, including higher education or training, employment, independent living and community participation.  

Inclusive Secondary Education

The Colorado Initiative for Inclusive Higher Education (IN!) is a service at designated college campuses for students with IDD who wish to experience higher education.  



Legal Guardianship of an adult is a court process by which a person is given legal responsibility for an adult. Appointing a Guardian in Colorado requires the filing of a petition and approval by the court.


Special Needs Trust/ABLE Account

A Special Needs Trust is a legal trust developed to provide financial support without jeopardizing public benefits.  Contact a Special Needs Trust attorney for more information.  The ABLE plan helps individuals to save money while preserving their SSI and Medicaid benefits.  



Self-determination is an idea that includes people choosing and setting their own goals, be­ing involved in making life decisions, self-advocating, and working to reach their goals. 

Speaking For Ourselves (SFO)

SFO is a statewide grassroots organization of people with disabilities who want to SPEAK FOR OURSELVES on issues that involve and affect us. Join The Arc of Adams County chapter!  Contact Josh Wann at; 720-634-6888. 

Disability Law CO Resources


Transitioning from high school. 


Where to live after high school.  


Finding the right job and succeeding. 

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