The transition from youth to adulthood is challenging for almost every young person. This is particularly true for young people with disabilities. Yet, it is in those crucial transition-age years that a young person’s future can be determined.
An extensive literature review of research, demonstration projects and effective practices — including lessons from youth development, quality education, and workforce development programs — suggests that all youth need:
The Guideposts can help steer families, institutions and youth themselves through the transition processes.
Each of the five Guideposts are listed below along with the corresponding specific needs for each Guidepost.