An Overview of Adults With Special Needs

Young man with special needs finishing a race.

Adults with special needs are individuals over the age of 18 who have a medical condition or disability. People in this group may include:

  • A spouse with a chronic illness or an acquired disability
  • A child with a developmental disorder transitioning to adulthood
  • A family member over 21 years of age, with complex needs and who requires assistance to live on his or her own

Supporting adult family members with complex needs may involve collaboration with a variety of support systems and community-based services. Assistance may include access to nonclinical case management, referrals to mental health services and public benefits.

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