Transition to the Adult World
The following are helpful resources for dealing with the transition to adult life and/or college.
Washington Initiative for Supported Employment promotes equitable employment for people with developmental disabilities through innovation, training, and technical assistance. See www.theinitiative.wa.
National Center on Secondary Education and Transition coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and shares information related to transition in order to create opportunities for youth with disabilities to be successful. It is housed at the University of Minnesota at the Institute of Community Integration. See www.ncset.org.
The Arc of Washington advocates for the rights and full participation of all people with developmental disabilities. Site includes links to all state agencies that provide resources for adolescents transitioning to adult programs. See www.arcwa.org.
The Center for Change in Transition Services has the goal of improving post-school outcomes for all students in Washington State with disabilities. Developed to be user friendly for both families and educators, this site includes a wonderful feature where users can click on a county and a screen with local resources will appear. See www.seattleu.edu/ccts.
PACER is a parent training and information center for families of children and youth with all disabilities, birth through 21. It has a link dedicated to transition. While located in Minnesota, the center serves families across the nation. See www.pacer.org.
Assistive Technology Act Program serves Washington residents of all ages with disabilities of all types as well as families, employers, service providers, educators, and others seeking information about assistive technology and accessible information. See www.watap.org.
Do-IT Program serves to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers. The program is located at the University of Washington and has a variety of support systems in place to support youths with disabilities who want to attend college or participate in the work place. See www.washington.edu/doitWashington.
HEATH Resource Center is an online clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities that is housed at George Washington University. The site includes information about scholarships available for students with disabilities. See www.heath.gwu.edu.
Check Out a College, website for Washington’s Community and Technical Colleges, checkoutacollege.com.
Access Washington, links to colleges, universities, scholarships, tuition information at access.wa.gov/education/college.aspx.