Transition starts the minute a child is born. As parents and teachers, we do everything we can to make sure that the newborn child has a loving and caring environment that enables the child to grow and take his/her first steps; and that helps that child learn his/her ABCs and 123’s. During this stage, the child is transitioning from an infant to a toddler, then to early childhood. As the child enters school, and learns the ways of the world through his/her education and life events, the child transitions again into an adolescent. He or she learns how to behave in a socially acceptable manner, learns how to contribute to the community, and learns who they are as an individual with guidance, scaffolding, and support. As a child becomes an adult however, the transitioning experience becomes a whole new adventure, as we want the young adult to be able to continue his or her education and contributions to the community, but on a more independent level. This is where my job comes in and we become a team in helping our students have a successful transition into post-secondary goals, into the world after the saftey net, into LIFE.
Please use the resources available to you to make this transition as smooth as possible. Embrace this transition as much as you have embraced the rest. Those first few steps in the right direction are always scary and sometimes hesitant… but look how far you have come, look at the goals you have accomplished. Here’s to accomplishing another one!
If I Need Help: Have your child wear or carry an iD patch, pin, clip, iD card, shoe tag, or other iD products to assist with communication if they ever need help.
- When lost, the code can be scanned by a smartphone/tablet or the number associated with the code can be entered manually into the home page of If I Need Help to access the contact information in emergencies.
National Youth Transitions Center : NYTC is both a physical structure and the embodiment of a mission: to be a collaborative learning community to benefit youth and young veterans with disabilities. The Center, a seven-story building located in the midst of a university campus in Washington, D.C., is dedicated to the youth transitions field. It houses multiple tenants who have a successful track record of making a difference in the lives of young people with disabilities.
The LifeCourse Framework was created BY FAMILIES to help individuals and families of all abilities and all ages develop a vision for a good life, think about what they need to know and do, identify how to find or develop supports, and discover what it takes to live the lives they want to live. Individuals and families may focus on their current situation and stage of life but may also find it helpful to look ahead to think about life experiences that will help move them toward an inclusive, productive life in the future.
Even though it was originally created for people with disabilities, this universally-designed framework may be used by any person or family making a life plan, regardless of life circumstances.