Transition to Adult Life
What is in store for youth with disabilities after they leave school? What will happen to your child when they no longer receive the educational services or accommodations which have been mandated by federal law? These questions are important to all parents of youth with special needs. Even though disabilities may vary greatly in their severity or impact, the need to plan for the future is very important for all students. A transition plan is a required part of a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) and should be developed and in place by their 16th birthday.
It is vitally important for families to realize that transition represents the process of moving from school to services provided to all eligible students under their IEP to services in adult programs that might or might not be available based on varying eligibility criteria and funding sources. Families who begin planning early will have more time to identify concerns, overcome challenges or barriers that arise and create opportunities which will help their students achieve their goals. Planning for the future early will alleviate disappointment and anxiety as students approach adulthood.
The Utah Parent Center has created a handbook, a series of video modules, and a series of information sheets that will help parents and their students to plan for a successful transition from school services to adult life.
Our Adult Services page includes more information that impacts transition planning.
From NO Where to KNOW Where: De NO Saber…A Saber Dónde:
A Handbook for the Transition to Adult Life Una Guía Paternal Para La Transición a la Vida Adulta
The Transition to Adult Life video is available both English and Spanish versions. The video is broken up into 4 modules, and is listed below.
MODULE 1 : Changing Roles and Responsibilities; Parents and Youth Planning for the Future
MODULE 2 : IEP Requirements and Developing the School Transition Plan
MODULE 3 : Understanding and Accessing Adult Services
MODULE 4 : Other Transition Concerns—Medical Care, Financial Planning, and Employment
SPANISH : De ‘NO’ saber a donde…A ‘SABER’ a donde La transición de los Individuos con Incapacidades a la vida Adulta
Life is full of changes. Many changes will happen smoothly, and they are hardly noticed. Other changes aren’t so smooth, and require planning and preparation. High school students have dreams for their futures and what they will do. This is the beginning of adulthood and it is an exciting time, full of opportunity, decisions and choices. The student is not alone in this process. Key supporters and resources are available, and should be utilized, to maximize the student’s opportunities.
This Transition Action Guide has been prepared to provide information to these key participants in the process of planning by teams for the transition from school to adult life for students with disabilities. In this guide you will find the requirements under the special education law for transition and principles of transition plan development. Additional sections of the guide are designed to address the unique roles, responsibilities and expectations for each of the potential transition team members. Finally, you will find a glossary, resource information and planning form.
The following series of information sheets will provide information to help parents and young adults understand the transition process from school to adult life and services.
- What is Transition?
- What Help is Available?
- Developing the Transition Plan
- Laws Affecting Transition
- New Players, New Roles
- Adult Services
- Empowering Parents
- NEW! Self-Advocacy: Tips for Teens
- Other Transition Concerns for Parents
- NEW! Transition Ideas for those with Significant Disabilities
- Related Topics: Transition
- Your Right to Due Process
- NEW! Utah State Resources Guide
- ADA and Transition: Q&A
- ADA Q&A: ADA + FMLA = Job Protections for Parents
- ADA Q&A: Back to School
- ADA Q&A: Section 504 and Postsecondary Education
- How Can I Help My Son or Daughter Get That Job?
- Mapping Your Dreams: Community
- Mapping Your Dreams: Education
- Mapping Your Dreams: Employment
- Mapping Your Dreams: Home Living
- Mapping Your Dreams: Recreation