Transition Planning Resources
Life is full of transitions. Most of us spend our late childhood and teen years planning for our futures, and the major transition that happens as we bridge from childhood to adulthood. Whether the choice includes: college, career, or living independently, the plan usually takes years to put into place, and even longer to feel successful in whatever path is chosen. For people with a disability, this transition planning is critical to learning life skills and gaining the confidence to thrive independently.
Most transition experts will agree that there are three major domains of transition to consider:
- Independent Living
Transition planning is a process mandated by a federal law called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004). Under this law, transition planning is required for students before they turn 16 years old. The transition planning is to be individualized, based on the student’s strengths, preferences, and interests, and should include opportunities to develop functional skills for work and community life. A team including the student, parents, the special education or IEP team, and potentially student advocates, adult services representatives, employers and/or college admissions officers carefully develops a transition plan.
Independent Living Center of North Shore and Cape Ann offers a Transition to Adulthood Program called TAP. Our program is based around the goals of preparing a person with any level of disability to move from special education into adulthood. Here are some of the offerings under our TAP Program that you and your family may find helpful:
- Referrals – ILCNSCA provides information and referrals related to disabilities, such as where to look for accessible housing, adaptive equipment, medical providers, legal assistance, and a large number of other programs and resources.
- Peer Counseling – Peer Guides or Peer Counselors who also have disabilities provide advocacy, skills training, and experienced advice for young people with disabilities.
- Life Skills Training – A Personal Care attendant can assist with life skills such as living independently, budgeting, shopping, food prep, and a wide variety of self advocacy tasks.
- Service Coordination – TAP can provide coordination between many of the agencies that are helping in the transition.
- Group Services – Practicing social and communication skills can be made easier within a group setting and group activities. TAP also offers support groups for parents and guardians.
Contact ILCNSCA if you have question about our TAP Program – Phone: V/TTY 978-741-0077
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