Preparing for Adulthood
The road leading to a successful transition from childhood to adulthood begins much earlier than the teenage years. It starts when children learn about themselves, their strengths and weaknesses and, in doing so, begin to value themselves. It ends when, as adults, these same children can take control over choices and decisions which impact their lives and take responsibility for their actions. This is called self-determination.
For children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, families and teachers may need to take extra responsibility to be sure that this process occurs.
Click on the link below for ideas on how to teach your child to be self-determined.
It is important to begin the transition planning process early to allow time for planning and accessing the support services needed for the future. Applications for services occur at specific ages and students will begin to take on more responsibility for making decisions that affect their lives.
Click on link below for a timeline of when connections need to be made.
Important Transition Ages & Milestones
Adult and Community Agencies
Click on the link below for a list of agencies that serve youth & adults with disabilities.