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            The years of transition from school to adulthood are difficult for everyone, but especially for young people with disabilities. They leave the structured environment of school and go out into the community to face its maze of public and private agencies, which often have long waiting lists for services with varied eligibility criteria.
              The most effective transition planning involves consumers and parents as leaders in mapping the educational experience and the years after graduation. Empowering the family and student to do their own case management, become involved in policy-making bodies, and contribute as equal partners in the IEP process is paramount to successful transition outcomes.
              Transition planning begins early in a student’s educational experience and can continue throughout their lifetime. At the high school level, individualized transition planning is introduced at a student’s IEP meeting as a person-centered approach focusing on strengths, capabilities, interests, and preferences. Communication and information is shared between parents, students, teachers, agencies, and other interested parties.

            The purpose of this site is to provide basic information about transition and to alert families and students about helpful agencies, advocacy groups, workshops, and conferences that are available. 


Important information for parents of students with special needs who are investigating alternatives to guardianship issues.

Click here to get Transition Brief No. 1 - Guardianship and Alternatives for Decision-Making Support

Transition to Adulthood Program - The Groden Center (Click here for more information)

New information from The Groden Center on new social groups starting soon. Any questions please call Maggie Powers at 274-6310 x 1242

The Children's Neurodevelopment Center Support Group Schedule for 2012
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