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Transition means changing from one thing to another. Transition can be exciting and also a little scary.
Students with disabilities and their parents often feel like they've "been dropped off of a cliff" once they reach adulthood. Policies, systems and services tend to be uncoordinated and students need more information to plan for the transition from youth to adulthood with their families.
Transition planning is required across the country, by law, to start by the time a student with a disability is 16 years old. In Tennesssee, it is required to start even earlier, by the time a student is 14 years old.
Family Voices of Tennessee and the Kentucky Family-to-Family Health Information Center have partnered to develop materials to help.
The video "Dude, Where's My Transition Plan?" is a montage of interviews with a handful of teens in both Kentucky and Tennessee. They answer questions like: "What are some of your responsibilities now?" and "What do you want to be when you grown up?" We wanted to capture the youth perspective on the transition process, and hope you'll go here to watch the video.
We have also developed a 26 page booklet, "Dude, Where's My Transition Plan?" to help youth and his or her parent identify where they are in the process of planning for transition and consider next steps.
The booklet includes worksheets for teens and planning pages meant to be completed alongside his or her parent. Topics include making health care decisions, self-advocacy, and types of adult living arrangements.
Family Voices also has a powerpoint presentation meant as an introduction to transition planning for parents and professionals.