Transitioning out of high school can be challenging for anyone, but it can be particularly difficult for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. However, there are resources and strategies available to help make the transition smoother. Read on for our Transition Tips!
- Develop a Transition Plan: Schools are required to develop a transition plan for students with disabilities. This plan outlines the student’s goals and the steps needed to achieve those goals. The plan should include post-secondary education or vocational training, employment, and independent living skills. Learn more about Transition Plans here!
- Explore Vocational Rehabilitation: Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a state-federal program that helps people with disabilities prepare for, obtain, or maintain employment. VR provides services such as career counseling, job training, and job placement assistance. Explore more at the VR website.
- Research Post-Secondary Education Options: Many colleges and universities offer programs designed specifically for students with disabilities. These programs provide accommodations and support services, such as note-taking assistance, tutoring, and specialized technology.
- Build Independent Living Skills: Independent living skills such as budgeting, time management, and household management are crucial for people with disabilities. There are programs and community organizations that can offer classes and training in these areas. At CRN, we offer two Life Skills Programs and in-home services to provide training in these areas. Check out our awesome services here!
- Connect with Disability Advocacy Groups: Disability advocacy groups can provide valuable resources and support for people with disabilities as they transition out of high school. These groups can offer advice, advocacy, and guidance on issues such as housing, employment, and education.
- Stay Positive and Focused: Transitioning out of high school can be overwhelming, but it is important to stay positive and focused on the future. Encourage the individual to stay engaged in the transition process and to take advantage of the resources and support available to them.