How to get ready for life after high school

  
  1. Start planning for the transition as soon as possible – in some cases the youth may be as young as 14 years of age. Starting early allows time to prepare a Transition Plan and put it into action.
  2. Research and use a person-centered planning approach to do transition planning because it is designed is to create supports and opportunities that enable a person with special needs to experience a self-directed life.
  3. Research all the options that are available from post secondary education to daytime services to residential supports. The more unique and individualized you expect your child’s service to be – the sooner you better start planning.
  4. Find out the funding range that your child (as an adult) may be able to access. This will help determine how much money can be spent on the creation and delivery of serive.
  5. Research various funding models (Individualized funding, MicroBoards etc).
  6. Talk to other people, and advocacy organizations.
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