Transition Childhood to Adulthood

When a parent of a child with a disability begins to plan for their child’s life beyond their home, gathering information can be a daunting experience.  At Special Friends, we have put together a guide of relevant information that aims to assist parents in their search.   

The concept of transition is simple. It is the process of the child moving to adulthood.   Although the concept of transition is simple, the process of planning and providing transition services based on individual needs may be challenging. 

The first step is to determine the type of life of the teenager with the disability and his family hopes to achieve after the teenager graduates from high school.  As a team, the student, family, teachers, therapists, caseworker, and community providers design the transition plan, as part of the IEP.   

The transition plan provides the framework for identifying, planning, and carrying out activities that will help the student make a successful transition to adult life.  The key areas to consider when planning for the future are:

·         Education/Instruction

·         Career/Employment

·         Community/Social

·         Adult Living 

Frequently asked questions and answers:

When do we start planning?

Who plans the future and what are the goals?

What are the steps to an Effective Transition Planning Process?

Why do I need to start the transition process while my child is still in school?

Parents as Resources:

·         Education/Instruction

·         Career/Employment

·         Community/Social

·         Adult Living

·         Legal/guardianship/trust

·         Government Programs