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According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), “As of 2015, the number of children and youth ages 3–21 receiving special education services was 6.6 million, or 13 percent of all public school students.
The transition from youth to adulthood is critical for every young person. This is especially important for youth with disabilities. Throughout, the transition planning years, youth acquire knowledge and learn skills they will need to maximize future independence in their communities. This planning process may involve accessing educational and employment opportunities, finding stable housing, and acquiring health insurance, and other supports and services to assist in their future planning and development towards adulthood.
Parents of children with disabilities will have a variety of concerns regarding the planning for their child’s transition from adolescence to adulthood. Yet, not all concerns will apply to every student and every student's family; however, it is useful to remain sensitized to some common concerns that are unique to families of children with disabilities. Understanding these concerns will help educators and service providers be more effective throughout the transition process not only with parents of students with disabilities, but with the broader school community as well.
Overall concerns will include daily living concerns such as:
● Moving out, living on own, staying at home
● Their child remaining safe, finding a job, and being able to support themselves financially
● Physical and Mental Health
Educators/Service Providers can help relieve some of the parental concerns by:
● Providing parents information and resources
● Having a structured consistent Transition plan
● Guiding the student to take ownership
Parents/Guardians can help with their own concerns by remaining involved throughout their child’s entire transition planning process by considering the following:
● Start early learning about the differences between IDEA, ADA, and Section 504 while learning about and connecting with adult service providers
● Explore housing, employment, and post-secondary education/training options
● Prepare for change. For example, plan for future health care needs
Students can help with their own transition planning concerns by practicing the following:
● Take an active role in their transition process
● Learn about themselves, their options, set up and complete tasks that need to be completed in the given timeline
● Identify and use supports and accommodations as needed
As part of each episode of Transition Tuesday, we provide additional tips, teacher tools, and resources related to the topics we cover. For this week’s bonus, we are providing a PDF with a great resources to help parents with their Transition concerns, which can be accessed by clicking this link - http://tensigma.org/episode102bonus
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