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Transition to Adulthood


The transition to adulthood for youth with disabilities involves moving from secondary school to adult life, college and/or employment; from pediatric to adult health care providers and settings; and from more restrictive to less restrictive settings.

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  • Future planning is important for all families. Thinking about the future can be challenging and emotional. However, experience shows that adults with I/DD make a better transition from the family home when a future plan is in place.

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  • Virginia Commonwealth University's website, Center on Transition Innovations(CTI) is a valuable resource for helping youth with disabilities achieve their full potential.

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  • It's no surprise why more and more people are listening to podcasts. Podcasts provide an easy way to connect with others, hear stories, and find information and resources.

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  • The Arc of the United States has developed several financial planning guides for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. 

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  • VDOE's Transition Services website provides support, information and resources designed to improve the outcomes of students with disabilities in transition from middle / secondary education to postsecondary education and employment.

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  • The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) developed this toolkit for advocates on health care and the transition to adulthood.This resource provides people with people with disabilities and their families with information on how to choose health care coverage, create a health care support network, integrate health care transition goals into their educational plans, and manage their health care.

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