Transition Process (14-22)
This resource provides an overview of what transition planning is and what individuals’ responsibilities are within transition planning for students with learning disabilities. This is a great resource for parents and teachers of students getting ready to transition from school to young adulthood.
This resource compilation by the Massachusetts Autism Commission is designed mainly for autistic individuals and those with other disabilities. Resources encompass facets of adult life including employment, housing, and insurance. This is ideal for parents guiding their adult (or nearly adult) children as they transition to adulthood.
This guide gives numerous resources for job-seeking students, including job hunting sites and scholarship opportunities. It is an excellent resource for parents and teachers looking to help support their transitioning students. The site is run by the U.S. Office of Disability Employment Policy and the U.S. Department of Labor.
Amanda Green, Statewide Secretary Transition Supervisor
Office of Special Education Planning & Policy
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148
Lore Andrescavage, Executive Functioning/College Transition Coach at Effective Consulting
Vikky Angelico, Disability Coordinator at Framingham State
This site offers a compilation of considerations that families and students phasing out of the school system should keep in mind during this transition. The guidance is coupled with Massachusetts-specific resources to support families and their children with the transition. This is a great resource for parents and caregivers looking for a deeper dive into laws and policies surrounding the transition process.
This site hosts many external resources compiled by the MetroWest Center for Independent Living. These resources are most helpful to parents and caregivers looking to support their children with disabilities navigate entering adulthood. Given the extensive list of external resources, one should take caution when navigating these external sites.
Comparing Supplemental Security Income Program (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance Program (SSDI)
This article compares the two social security programs individuals with disabilities may be eligible for as they enter adulthood. This article is ideal for a parent or caregiver looking to learn the basics between the two programs and what their child might qualify for.
During the panel presentation, panelists shared a number of valuable resources on the transition process. Follow the link to find the pdf of all these resources.
This guide by the U.S. Department of Education offers advice for frequently asked questions when it comes to postsecondary education for students with disabilities. This resource is excellent for parents wanting to support their students as they explore postsecondary education options such as vocational schools, career schools, community colleges, and 4-year colleges and universities.
This journal article provides a review of the STEPS intervention for transition to adulthood for autistic students. It is an excellent resource for parents and educators looking to implement more effective transition models for their autistic students, particularly for those entering postsecondary education. To access the free full pdf of the article, click “request full-text PDF.”
This U.S. government sponsored guide walks readers through the basics of enrolling in SSI. It’s a great resource for parents and caregivers who have identified that their child qualifies for SSI and are looking for next steps. The article was last updated in 2021 and is maintained by the U.S. Social Security Administration, indicating that the information is reliable and up to date at this time.
A list of resources shared in our Transition Support Group. The resources are organized by category.