Transition Supports

While youth with and without disabilities travel through their transition years there are many road blocks and challenges that arise. The following information is available to assist you in determining the appropriate supports available to youth with disabilities and how you can assist them in traveling through the system.

A Young Person's Guide to Health Care Transition

A Young Person’s Guide to Health Care Transition is about making the transition from pediatric to adult health care. This brief will review topics youth should consider around transitioning to adult health care, living a healthy lifestyle, and paying for health care. Youth need to be a part of conversations about health care. Most youth rely on their parents to handle decisions about their health care and health coverage. Before you know it, you may be expected to make these decisions on your own, if you are not doing so already. This brief will provide some information and help you think about ways you can start planning now for your transition from pediatric to adult health care.

Benefits Planning for Youths with Disabilities

The guide helps those assisting youth with disabilities navigate the range of state and federal government programs and benefits for people with disabilities in the United States.

Breaking Down Technological Barriers

This InfoBrief describes assistive technology and accessible information and gives policymakers information on federal and state accessibility legislation, laws and requirements.

Building an Infrastructure to Serve Youth

This short cut provides readers with information on how to provide cross-agency cooperation to maximize available expertise and leverage funding streams. This document includes best-practices and an action plan to assist organizations in getting started.

By Youth for Youth: Employment

By Youth, for Youth: Employment was written by youth for youth who want to know more about finding and keeping the right job. It is important to consider what makes a job right for each young person, where to look, and how to write a resume and interview. Youth with disabilities also need to consider disability disclosure in the workplace and how to ask for accommodations, if needed. After accepting a job offer, youth can take advantage of opportunities for mentoring and continuing to build their skills. This brief covers each of these topics and provides information on supports like vocational rehabilitation and transportation. 

Financial Literacy Information For Young People With Disabilities

This InfoBrief describes the federal and state initiatives that provide financial literacy information for young people with disabilities to learn how to save money and build assets.

Hitting The Open Road After High School: How to Choose Your Own Adventure to Success!

This publication is intended to help youth think about their options and plan ahead by examining what options are available after high school and what activities and supports can assist youth in being sucessful. 

Improving Transition Outcomes for Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice System: Practical Considerations

This InfoBrief describes the characteristics of and issues faced by youth involved with the juvenile justice system, including those with disabilities. It provides a framework for youth service professionals to help these youth avoid or transition out of the juvenile justice system, promotes cross-systems collaboration, and highlights promising practices currently being implemented around the country. This InfoBrief is based on Making the Right Turn: A Guide about Improving Transition Outcomes for Youth Involved in the Juvenile Corrections System, available at:

Making the Move to Managing Your Own Personal Assistance Services (PAS): A Toolkit for Youth with Disabilities Transitioning to Adulthood

This new guide assists youth in strengthening some of the most fundamental skills essential for successfully managing their own Personal Assistance Services (PAS): effective communication, time-management, working with others, and establishing professional relationships.  Such skills are key to not only enhancing independence, but also thriving in the workplace and growing professionally. Whether moving from school or a home setting to work, college, or living on their own, transition-age youth and their families or friends would benefit from the information and guidance offered by the toolkit.  Sample worksheets, questions, and charts provide readers clear, helpful examples of things to consider along the path to greater independence.  And stories from real youth and their families give practical insight and guidance for youth with disabilities who want to manage their own PAS. 

Personal Assistance Services On The Job

This InfoBrief is for anyone who interacts with youth with disabilities and would like to know about the programs under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. The brief provides background on those parts of the Workforce Investment Act that cover service to youth so that youth, families, and service providers can better connect to the workforce development system.

Successful Transition Models for Youth with Mental Health Needs: A Guide for Workforce Professionals

This InfoBrief describes the systems’ service barriers faced by youth with mental health needs as they reach adulthood, while highlighting new models and strategies designed to break down those barriers and help them to transition successfully into the workplace.

The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities

This guide is designed for youth and adults working with them to learn about disability disclosure. This workbook helps young people make informed decisions about whether or not to disclose their disability and understand how that decision may impact their education, employment, and social lives.

Transition Truths: An Overview of Transition Systems

This tool describes the systems that may affect youth with and without disabilities as they transition from youth to adulthood. Youth can use this tool with youth service professionals and other caring adults to learn about their rights within these systems, plan for their transition, and identify changes they can advocate for in their communities. Youth service professionals can use this tool in working with youth and in identifying ways to connect youth to additional supports

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