Life is full of many transitions. Below are some websites and toolkits to help you and your loved ones transition smoothly.
Adolescence to Adulthood
Autism Speaks - Transition Toolkit
The Autism Speaks Transition Tool Kit was created to serve as a guide to assist families on the journey from adolescence to adulthood. The guiding principle that we used in developing this kit is that all individuals with autism, regardless of the level of support needed, should be able to live a life filled with purpose, dignity, choices and happiness. This kit will provide you with suggestions and options for you to consider as you set out on this journey toward finding your child's own unique path to adulthood. https://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/tool-kits/transition-tool-kit
This website is for youth with developmental disabilities ages 14-25 years, family caregivers, service coordinators, and health care providers to develop skills for transitioning from pediatric to adult healthcare. It teaches skills and provides tools for care coordination, keeping a health summary, and setting priorities during the transition process. It features video vignettes that demonstrate health transition skills and apps that support self determination, decision making, and collaboration. http://healthytransitionsny.org/
Got Transition/Center for Health Care Transition Improvement is a cooperative agreement between the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health aimed at improving transition from pediatric to adult health care through the use of new and innovative strategies for health professionals and youth and families. http://www.gottransition.org/
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) is a huge resource for any young person with a disability who'd like to work. NCWD/Youth works to ensure that transition age youth are provided full access to high quality services in integrated settings to gain education, employment and independent living. Visit the site here: http://www.ncwd-youth.info/
Project Search is a high school transition program is for 18-21 year olds with intellectual and developmental disabilities that provides training and education leading to competitive employment. It serves as an alternative for students in their last year of high school. The Project SEARCH partnership involves a large business, a school district, a not-for-profit agency that provides employment supports for people with disabilities, state vocational rehabilitation services, and state offices for people with developmental disabilities. For more information, visit: https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/strong-center-developmental-disabilities/programs/project-search.aspx
School and Beyond
National Technical Assistance Center on Transition
National Technical Assistance Center on Transition's (NTACT) purpose is to assist State Education Agencies, Local Education Agencies, State VR agencies, and VR service providers in implementing evidence-based and promising practices ensuring students with disabilities, including those with significant disabilities, graduate prepared for success in postsecondary education and employment. Learn more at: https://www.transitionta.org/
- Tools to assess and assist with transition can be found here: Transition Planning Tools
- Quick Guide on Cultural and Linguistic Diverse (CLD) Youth - Secondary Transition: Quick Guide
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