Transitioning from high school to adult life can be a complicated, stressful time for anyone. For those living with a disability, that time of life can present even more difficult challenges. The Youth Transition Services provided by our Information Assistance and Access staff help youth with identifying goals and navigating the decision making process. Planning early is key! Schools begin planning as early as 14 years old and the IAA staff can begin helping when the youth turns 17 and six months.
Youth transitioning into adult services can receive information and assistance with employment, continuing education, healthcare changes, residential options, transportation option, recreation and leisure activities and referrals to other needed services. Staff may screen youth for eligibility for several federally funded programs like IRIS, Family Care and Family Care Partnership. They also help families navigate and understand benefits like Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).