Age of majority is a legal definition that means that a person is legally an adult and responsible for the majority of his or her actions. In Georgia, the age of majority is 18.
Almost all male U.S. citizens and male immigrants living in the U.S., who are ages 18 through 25, are required to register with Selective Service. Since there is no draft currently in effect and men are not being classified for service, men with disabilities, clergymen, and men who believe themselves to be conscientiously opposed to war must also register.
Guardianship is when a court appoints a person (a guardian) to make certain decisions for another person (a ward). The court must determine that the ward is unable to make those decisions on their own. Guardianship can take away a person’s rights to decide to marry, make contracts, consent to medical treatment, establish a residence, and bring or defend an action in court.
Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act (also known as a 529A Savings Plan) allows eligible individuals with disabilities to have money set aside in savings without losing access to Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. See more information about the ABLE Act.
Supported decision-making is an alternative to guardianship. It allows individuals with disabilities to make choices about their own lives with support from people they know and trust. Supported decision-making promotes self-determination, control, and autonomy and fosters independence. Find out more about Supported Decision Making
Watch the video to learn how Supported Decision Making can incorporate person-centered planning when a person might have difficulty making choices.
Planning for the future needs of your children is different when you have a child with a disability. Families should consider how to protect their child’s access to necessary government services while meeting all of their needs.