Transition to Adult Life

Transitioning from high school to the adult world is new and different for all students. It can be particularly challenging for young adults  with disabilities and their families as they leave high school and enter the world of adult services. This can and often times brings about many changes in their lives.

Successfully navigating this transition requires the answers to several questions: What does good transition planning look like? What are the roles and responsibilities of key entities such as the student, parents, school system, Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC), Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and Long-Term Care Programs (LTC)?

Needed services and support must be coordinated. The options can seem confusing and overwhelming at times. Our Information and Assistance Specialists will help give you the resources and information you need to navigate through this very important life transition. There is no fee for this service.

The ADRC’s Role in Transition Planning:

  • Explain options for local resources and supports, so that the students, parents and schools can make informed choices about education options and post-secondary activities.
  • Collaborate with the schools and other resource agencies to help students and parents prepare for eligibility requirements and how to access public and private supports and services.
  • Provide options counseling related to long-term care support programs.
  • Help the student learn about employment, long-term care and living options after turning 18 and/or leaving high school.
  • Present information sharing and/or training events to communicate with students, parents, educators and school administrators.
  • Determine eligibility and/or enrollment for students’ age 17 yrs. and 6 months for Publicly Funded Benefits: Family Care or IRIS.