Are you ready for high school graduation?

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Are you ready for high school graduation?

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Do you know a high school student with a disability who is 21 years old and about to graduate? Make sure you let them know that now it is easier than ever to qualify for what’s commonly known as the “employment” waiver, a source of funding that helps people with disabilities work in the community!

The Washington State Legislature passed what’s known as a “proviso” in 2013 that specifically allows students who are eligible for DDA services and also 21 years old to qualify for employment services through the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver without being referred to the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) or having a job prior to applying! This is a huge change for families, because without the proviso high school students could be stuck waiting for either a referral or a job before being able to receive the support they need to find community-based employment.

This is the last year for the proviso, so if you think that someone who is about to graduate high school with a disability could use some employment support, don’t hesitate to send them to us! Please contact Keeley McCray by calling 509-453-4756, ext. 292 or by sending an email to mccrayk@entrustcs.org.