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The resources below can be used to help support families of children with special needs with the transition to adulthood.
The LEAP and Project SEARCH programs are specifically designed to help young adults with disabilities transition seamlessly from high school into adulthood, along with securing competitive employment.
Arc Connecticut advocacy programs support, promote, and protect the civil and human rights of people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in Connecticut and we work with The Arc of the United States to approach federal public policy with a values-based voice to affect system change.
Transition programs at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center enable adolescents with chronic disease and disabilities to successfully transition to adult care providers. Programs focus on educating patients on the long-term effects of their disease.
Connecticut Kids As Self Advocates (CT-KASA) has created three information booklets on health care transition: one for youth with or without disabilities; one for parents of youth with or without disabilities; and one for primary health care providers. These booklets offer strategies and resources to help young adults with or disabilities, their parents, and their primary health care providers prepare for the transition to the adult health care process.
State of CT: Department of Education website has a variety of resources for transition including the Building a Bridge Transition Manual, the Directory of Transition and Vocational Service Providers, and the Directory of Transition Services in College, University, and Community-Based Settings. https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/Special-Education/Secondary-Transition-Resources-for-Special-Education-Students
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Listings of Transition Services from the State Department of Education website.
Got Transition is a federally funded national resource center on health care transition. Its aim is to improve the transition from pediatric to adult health care through the use of evidence-driven strategies for health care professionals, youth, young adults, and their families. Got Transition is a program of The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health and is funded through a cooperative agreement from the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration.
Transition Services are designed to assist students with disabilities with continuing their IEP goals outside of school hours and assist them with the transition to employment or adult services.
Middlesex Transition Academy (MTA) is a transition program designed to prepare students ages 18-22 for adult living. We provide students with direct instruction in independent living skills, vocational experiences, social skills instruction, and opportunities to practice these skills in social settings, and community-based activities. We are housed on the Wesleyan campus and also partner with Middlesex Community College through our “Bridges” program.
The National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center provides technical assistance to states to help youth with disabilities and their families achieve desired post-school outcomes. See Student’s and Families link.
The Secondary Transition Initiative, in collaboration with the CT State Department of Education, has been proactive in the design and delivery of quality transition training and technical assistance to CT schools, as well as with CT parents/family members of students with disabilities and other community agencies. The Transition Initiative strives to meet the needs of students, families, educators, and local and state agency representatives in areas critical to student successful transition from middle to high school and into the adult world. Person Centered Planning, Transition Assessments, Developing Meaningful Post-School Outcome Goals and Annual Goals & Objectives that Align with the CT Core Standards, Social Skills Training, Self-Advocacy, and the use of assistive technology continue to be high priority training need areas. SERC’s goal and commitment continues to be the academic and vocational success of students in the least restrictive environment, leading to meaningful post-school outcomes. With the final outcome being: All Connecticut Learners Succeed in School and Graduate – College and Career Ready.
Student transition possibilities including schools, vocational programs, day programs, careers, social enrichment, and more.
UCPEC helps young adults transition from high school to work in the community after graduation. Its employment programs serve students with disabilities in Eastern CT with mild to complex support needs.