In Massachusetts, students with disabilities access adult service agencies through the Chapter 688 referral process. Chapter 688 provides a two year coordinated planning process for students whose entitlements to special education services will end when they graduate from school or turn 22 years of age.
Only school systems can refer students that they believe may be eligible for adult services through Chapter 688. The 2 year planning period allows enough time to determine eligibility for adult services and for an agency(ies) to include the anticipated cost of services for the student in the budget request which is submitted to the Massachusetts Legislature each year.
688 Referrals should be filed 2 years before the student graduates from High School or turns 22 years old
If you are unsure which 688 agency to apply to, the following document includes referral guidelines with student profile descriptions for each agency:
Parents and guardians may also choose to apply directly to 688 support agencies.
Speak to your child's liaison or contact the agency for more information.