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Entitlement vs Eligibility

The reality is that resources are limited and waiting lists for Medicaid waivers and other services do exist in the adult services world. Adult service providers attempt to stretch dollars by exploring creative ways to serve individuals in natural environments. However, services provided to adults are quite different than those provided to students. Students with disabilities are entitled to educational services, regardless of how many other students are entitled for the same services or the extent of need. However, adults must become eligible for services based on need and deficits.

Once eligible, individuals may still wait for services to become available or may accept a different type of service. Eligibility in the adult world does not imply immediate, exhaustive, or free services. Understanding eligibility qualifications and how adults systems function before applying will help in the planning process.255


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