Transition Resources

Transition Resources

Dude, Where’s my Transition Plan? - this 28-page booklet comes from PEATC, the PTI for Virginia. In addition to multiple transition planning worksheets, the booklet also includes several checklists and discussions of self-advocacy.


Federal Partners in Transition - The Federal Partners in Transition (FPT), a workgroup with representatives of several federal agencies, including the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Labor, and the Social Security Administration, was formed in 2005 to support all youth, including youth with disabilities, in successfully transitioning from school to adulthood. To realize this work, FPT developed The 2020 Federal Youth Transition Plan: A Federal Interagency Strategy, which outlines how the partner agencies will enhance interagency coordination through the identification of a shared vision, compatible outcome goals, and policy priorities, ultimately leading to improved outcomes for youth with disabilities by 2020.


Got Transitiona cooperative agreement between the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health. Their aim is to improve transition from pediatric to adult health care through the use of new and innovative strategies for health professionals and youth and families.


Federal Partners in Transition (FPT) – What to Know About Youth Transition Services for Students with Disabilities – FPT’s fact sheet was created to address the compatible outcome goals and policy priorities identified in The 2020 Youth Transition Plan: A Federal Interagency Strategy and provides a quick glance of available resources.  


The Michigan Transition Outcomes Project (MI-TOP) - facilitates the development of effective systems that support students to achieve positive postsecondary outcomes. MI-TOP supports the implementation of effective transition practices to ensure all students are prepared for postsecondary education, employment, and independent living.


Opening Doors to Self-Determination Skills - The handbook  is designed as a guide to help students with disabilities take another step in preparing for “life after high school.” Published by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the handbook includes:  an overview of self-determinating skills; timelines for developing self-determination skills (starting in elementary school); differences between public high school and adult services; a worksheet called “Knowing Yourself.”


The National Center for Medical Home Implementation - Tools and Resources to Assist with Transition from Pediatric to Adult Health Care -  View videos from the experts on transitioning from pediatric to adult care. Find additional implementation resources, information on partners, and information on the Transition Health Care for Children and Youth with Special Heath Care Needs program. - find new and updated family-friendly tools and resources on transition and employment. View short informational videos on a variety of topics, including independent living, career development, accommodations, self-advocacy, and more       Attend live-streaming PACER workshops using your home computer. 


Transition to Adulthood: A Health Care Guide for Youth and Families  Provides people with people with disabilities and their families with information on how to choose a source of health care coverage, create a health care support network, integrate health care transition goals into their educational plans, and manage their health care. It includes useful guides and worksheets for keeping track of health care records, making doctor's appointments, and talking to doctors about health concerns.


US Department of Education – A Transition Guide to Post-secondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities: This Guide addresses provisions authorized under both Titles I, V, and VI of the Rehabilitation Act. The references to the Rehabilitation Act in this Guide, including the examples, refer primarily to Title I of the Rehabilitation Act. This Guide also makes reference to Section 504, which is part of Title V of the Rehabilitation Act and addresses nondiscrimination rather than the authorization of programs administered by the State Vocational Rehabilitation agency.


Guardianship / Alternatives to Guardianship

PACER’s Informed Choice: Know the Options - Parents of youth with developmental and other significant disabilities often find themselves considering the issue of guardianship as their son or daughter with disabilities nears the age of 18 (the age of majority in most states). The resources below can help parents explore this topic by considering the pros and cons of guardianship, legal alternatives to guardianship, and a less restrictive process known as supported decision-making.