Planning for the transition from high school to adult life is challenging for everyone, but can be particularly challenging for children and youth with disabilities. On this page we provide information for parents and caregivers.

WHY should I be involved? Family involvement is a very important contributor to a child staying in and being successful in school. The most accurate predictor of a student's school achievement is how much his or her family encourages learning. In fact, when families are involved, children are more likely to:

Have higher grades
Earn more credits
Attend school regularly
Graduate from high school
Enroll in postsecondary programs
Refrain from activities such as drug and alcohol use and violence
(Source: National Parent Teacher Association, 2001)


HOW can I become involved? One of the first steps to being involved is to become aware about the topics your child needs to be thinking about and to talk with them about these. Some of these topics include:

School and the IEP meeting
Vocational Rehabilitation
Career Options
Training or College

Additional suggestions include:

Attend your child's IEP meeting
Ask questions about your child's schoolwork and school activities be interested
Talk to your child about their plans after High School
Talk to your child's teachers about their progress and needs
Give your child responsibilities around the house

The material contained in this section of the website is organized into five sections: Schools & IEPs, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Careers, Post-Secondary Education, and Resources. Information in each section is listed below.

1. Materials

Parents IEP Powerpoint
Planning IEP Worksheet
Parent IEP Agenda
Parent/Guardian Questionnaire 1
Parent/Guardian Questionnaire 2
Student Transition Planning
Transition Preparation Checklist
Parent's Action Plan
Self Determination Checklist Parent Assessment
Age of Majority Information

2. Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VR)

Introduction to VR
VR Services Flowchart
School/VR Partnerships PowerPoint
Guide for School to Work Transition pamphlet

3. Careers

Career Planning and Preparation
Ingredients of Career Planning
Decision Making and Goal Setting
Developing Assets
Stages of Career Development
Supporting Success in School
Understanding Learning Disabilities
Teen Learning Disabilities

4. Post-Secondary

Post-secondary skills to practice
Information about Post-secondary school
Checklist of Preparing for Postsecondary Education
How to get Financial Aid
College Planning Booklet

5. Additional Resources


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