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Aging and Disability Resource Center of Dane County

Youth & Transition

What's Next?

Completing high school is a very important time for all students. This is especially true for students with disabilities as they transition into adult life. What options and supports are available after high school? How do students plan for employment, independent living, and postsecondary education? These important questions are part of the transition planning process.

Transition is a time when high school ends and adult life begins. If you already have an idea of what you would like to do, great! Now is your time to explore those ideas and learn how to accomplish your goals. If you aren’t sure what you want to do, transition planning may help you with the decision-making process. Beginning to plan early may be helpful and make the process go more smoothly.

The Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) offers a single entry point for information and assistance for young adults with disabilities regardless of income. As early as a student turns 17 ½ years old, families can contact the ADRC to request an options counseling meeting. Topics that may be discussed include:

  • Transition process from Children to Adult Services
  • Disability benefits such as SSI (Supplemental Security Income) and Medicaid
  • Employment options
  • Post-secondary education options
  • Advanced decision-making options (Supported Decision-Making, Powers of Attorney, Guardianship)
  • Eligibility determination for publicly funded long term care programs (Family Care, Family Care Partnership, IRIS)

Read more about organizations and resources that support youth transitions.