Age of Majority
Learn more about the age of majority in Massachusetts.
The Age of Majority is the transfer of parental rights to students at age 18.
In Massachusetts, regardless of the severity of their disability, students are considered adults and competent to make their own decisions at age 18 (Age of Majority).
Unless there is a court appointed guardian or the student has chosen to share decision making with his or her parent, the school district must seek the consent of the student to continue the special education program.
Students at age 18 have the right to make their own educational and medical decisions and must sign all consent forms. Parents and students must be notified about the transfer of parental rights to the student at least 1 year before the student turns 18 years of age.
This information was obtained from the Massachusetts Department of Education. For more, visit http://www.doe.mass.edu/sped/links/transition.html.