Transition begins a time that is highly focused on independence, self-advocacy, and supporting individuals' abilities, interests, and needs as they grow into adulthood. Transitioning from school to adult life may take months to years of advanced planning depending on each unique situation. Transition services may look similar to, and overlap with, adult services depending on the individuals' age and other factors. 

Available services include:

  • Community-based life skills programs
  • Vocational training
  • Mock interviewing and job coaching
  • Post-secondary education support
  • Supported living
  • Case management
  • Rehabilitation Services (OT, PT, Speech)
  • Behavioral/mental health services

Insurance and Financial Factors

Programming/services may be funded through federal laws including IDEA and the Rehabilitation Act. Students may be eligible for scholarships or financial aid in post-secondary education. Consider other funding sources, including those for healthcare, financial saving, and services/support such as:

  • Special Needs trust
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
  • In Home Supportive Services (IHSS)
  • Cal Fresh
  • Medicaid

Contact your Regional Center for more information.

Legal Rights and Other Considerations

As stated in the IDEA, transition planning for students must begin by the age of 16, Individuals with disabilities can remain in school and continue to receive school-based services through their 22nd year of age.

It is also important to consider what are you and your family members plans regarding their caregiving, Is there a need for a conservatorship or a guardianship?

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