Caroline Nelson,
Attorney and Counselor at Law, PLLC

Strategic, Person-Centered, Transition Planning
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The Basics

I provide advice, counseling, intermediation, mediation, strategic planning, systems navigation, and training for adults who love and support children with special needs.

Strategic Transition Planning

Keeping Doors Open while Crafting a Safety Net

For Young People of All Ages

  • Person-centered planning using unique North Star© approach
  • Transition Thinking© mindset
  • Abitious college planning
  • Agency and community resources
  • Task prioritization
  • Systems navigation
  • Post secondary transition and the IEP

For Young People Turning 18

Decision-Making Supports and Options


Transfer of Rights from Parents to the Young Adult

  • Legal decision making: who has it and for what issues?
  • Rights and responsibilities at 18
  • Optimizing autonomy and support
  • The shift of parent/student roles

Understanding Tools for Decision-Making Support

  • Supported Decision Making Agreements
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Guardianship
  • Special Needs Trusts/ABLE accounts
  • Tools for everybody

College Search

  • Differences between IDEA and 504, high school and college
  • New student/parent roles
  • Applications: whether, when, and how to disclose a disability
  • Applications: identifying programs that will meet your accessibility/support needs
  • Now you’re in: choosing the right school/program
  • The right to go to college: programs for students with IDD

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Location: Austin, TX

Telephone: (512) 763-2302

Email: [email protected]

Hours: M-F: 8am - 5pm