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Age of Majority

Under state laws, when your child reaches the age of majority, he or she is presumed to be capable of making his or her own decisions – including educational decisions. That does not mean that you cannot continue to be involved in your child's education. It just means that, by law, schools must respect the educational decisions of every adult student, unless that person has been determined to be incapable of making decisions.

The rights that will transfer from you to your child upon reaching the age of majority include:

  • Notification of meetings
  • Notification and consent for evaluation
  • Selection of participants who attend IEP meetings
  • Approval of the contents of the IEP.

For those students who may be found legally incompetent and unable to make important life decisions, schools should provide parents with the information necessary to establish their child's legal incompetence and begin guardianship proceedings with local district courts.

Age of Majority Information