Transition to Adulthood Toolbox
The Transition to Adulthood toolbox was developed to assist school staff who often find themselves supporting parents as they plan to transition their children with special needs to adulthood.
This toolbox includes:
- Transition to Adulthood- Brief Information- is a summary of some key government services; who they are intended to serve, information about application and where to find more information.
- Alberta – Transition Planning Tip Sheets….
- for Youth
- for Service Providers, Teachers
- for Families
- Elements of Transition Planning
- Involving Youth in Transition
See below for a few best practices and some additional resources.
A Few Best Practices
Transition planning for adulthood is critical because the default is that the youth will be a fully functioning adult able to make decisions upon turning 18.
- Transition planning involves working together to arrange for the necessary supports to be in place when the youth turns 18. It focuses on proactive planning for the shift to adulthood.
- It is important to work with the youth and the family to help determine what the future will look like– consider the youth’s strengths, needs, preferences and interests in addition to housing, income, employment/employment support, post high-school education or training, level of independence (home living, community access i.e. recreation/volunteering, day to day decision-making, financial decisions).
- Transitions are more likely to be successful when planning starts early (even age 15 or before) and when youth and family have a lead role.
- In his research, Erik Carter found that… when parents of high school students with severe disabilities expected their son or daughter to have a job after high school….. their sons or daughters were 3 times as likely to achieve that goal within 2 years of high school graduation.
Some Additional Resources
Alberta Supports is a “one stop” service which can be used by youth/families not connected with FSCD or Children’s Services. It provides information and assistance with many of the government services.
A comprehensive resource about transitioning from care developed for care-givers but full of terrific information can be found at: Transitioning from care
This link Transition Planning: Post School leads to an Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium power-point presentation about post- school transition planning.
“Effective transition planning for post-school life is a key component of quality programming for students with significant disabilities. How we do this planning is changing, influenced by inclusion, person-centered planning and a greater appreciation of the power of the collective community.”