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Transition Planning (for children ages 14-22)

2014 Transition Fair Handout

MetroWest Center for Independent Living – Transition to Adulthood Program (TAP) – Any high school student within our 26 town service area who is between ages 14-22, receives special education services and desires to learn independent living and self-advocacy skills, is eligible for our free Transition to Adulthood Program! They are looking for input, students, and to collaborate with people interested in promoting independent living services for youth with disabilities, addressing common issues and goals such as:

•    Self-esteem, self-advocacy, relationships and social skills;

•    Increasing job readiness and searching for jobs;

•    Providing social and recreational opportunities;

•    Learning to navigate the transportation system;

•    Increasing independence-building skills such as budgeting and nutrition planning;

•    Assisting with the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and Individual Transition Plan (ITP) processes;

•    Finding housing;

•    Accessing adult services post-transition;

•    Achieving any other independent-living goals set by the youth or theirfamilies.

If you are interested in setting up a meeting, have collaboration ideas or

if you’d like to make a referral on behalf of a student you work with,

please call:

Kelly A. Carter
Transition to Adulthood Program (TAP) Coordinator
MetroWest Center for Independent Living
280 Irving Street
Framingham, MA 01702
(508)875-7853 ext.123

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education page on Transition

From Transition Workshops with the staff of the Department of Developmental Services in Massachusetts (DDS). Below are the links to the handouts provided by the DDS.
Coming of Age in Massachusetts – from Fletcher Tilton Attorneys. (This is not an endorsement of this firm).
Guideposts for Success –

Transition from School to Adult Life

Disability Law Center Inc.’s Planning for Life After Special Education in Massachusetts Manual Second Edition (December 2012) is now available at

Transition from School to Adult Life – Time Lines

IDEA 2004: Transition Services for Education, Work, Independent Living

Transition Planning Form (TPF)

A Family Guide to Transition Services in Massachusetts in English or in Spanish from the Federation for Children with Special Needs

Transition Web Resources list from FCSN

The Arc of Massachusetts list of links to Transition info

Autism Speaks Transition Tool Kit was created to serve as a guide to assist families on the journey from adolescence to adulthood

Transition to Adulthood from National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

Transition, Transition Services, Transition Planning –

The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)

The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures. of publications on transitions

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth)

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) assists state and local workforce development systems to better serve youth with disabilities. The NCWD/Youth is composed of partners with expertise in disability, education, employment, and workforce development issues. NCWD/Youth is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).

Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

Through the Department of Labor (DOL) The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) provides national leadership by developing and influencing disability-related employment policy as well as practice affecting the employment of people with disabilities.

National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC) 

NSTTAC assists states in building capacity to support and improve transition planning, services, and outcomes for youth with disabilities.

Partners for Youth with Disabilities is a mentoring program that matches adolescents and young adults with people who have similar disabilities.

Beyond 22 – helping young people with special needs reach their goals and transition to happy, productive adult lives.

Business ideas for people with disabilities


List of Grants and Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

Info for students who are deaf or have hearing impairments college guide – find a college, find a resource, for students section.  Think College is a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with an intellectual disability. With a commitment to equity and excellence, Think College supports evidence-based and student centered research and practice by generating and sharing knowledge, guiding institutional change, informing public policy, and engaging with students, professionals and families.

Think College

Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the U.S. Department of Education is providing the information in this pamphlet to explain the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities who are preparing to attend postsecondary schools.– dedicated to helping young people with special needs transition to happy, productive adult lives. We provide transition support, recruiting and training for caregivers, a database of group homes, and additional resources us-student-guide-disabilities –College Guide for Students with Disabilities

transition for healthcare helps with transition from pediatric to adult healthcare transition resources.

transition and assistive technology

Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology and Transition Planning – This 50 page guide is aimed at providing families with the information they need to effectively prepare for and participate in periods of transition in their children’s lives. Individuals may order one free copy of the guide.  Additional print copies are available for $10. A discount is available for bulk orders. To request one or more print copies go to 

NOTE:  F-SEPAC is providing the information above for educational purposes as a public service.

References to any treatment, program, or professional are not endorsements.