Transition to Adulthood
When a child with a disability begins to transition into adulthood it can be an overwhelming process for that person and their family. At this juncture, planning starts and it is also a time when transition services within school may continue or discontinue based upon a person's future goals. Having insight into what may be available in the community can be very helpful.
Keep in mind if a person is already 18 they have the legal authority to make their own decisions, and as such, this person should be the one to consult about getting connected to services. They will need to give permission allowing parents or caregivers to assist them in this process and also be involved in these processes themselves. The ADRC is available to facilitate connections to services, and assist with transition needs. We can help with to answer "What now?" during this time.
Because the ADRC assists people with this transition process, we can begin these conversations about planning as early as age 17.5. Please consider contacting your local ADRC to plan for your future.
ADRC Transition Brochure
Living My Dream
Resources for students with Disabilities - Please contact the ADRC (262-833-8777) or your school to request a copy of the current resource book. You can also check out the directories below which contain similar information and can also be requested in paper format.
CESA 1 (locations East of I 94)provides you with area traning opportunities and information.
CESA 2 Parent Educator Newsletter (locations West of I 94)provides you with area traning opportunities and information.
Wisconsin Statewide Transition Improvement Grant
WI Facets - Wisconsin Family Assistance Center for Training, Education and Support has a variety of resources and information for parents and families of children and adults with disabilities.
WisconSibs, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization that connects siblings of people with disabilities with each other, and with resources to help them throughout their lifelong journey. In northeastern Wisconsin, it provides Sibshops® and camps for girls and boys, and future planning and social events for families. Statewide, its services include web content, consulting, coaching, future planning, and conference presentations. Nationally, it is the Wisconsin chapter of the Sibling Leadership Network.
The Transition Improvement Grant has designed a transition app to increase self-direction and self-advocacy for all Wisconsin youth in the transition planning process. We are excited for youth, schools, families, and agencies to begin using this application! See: http://www.witig.org/witransition-app.html This app is designed to help Wisconsin students and family members participate in the transition planning process. The questions in the app help students give input into the requirements of the state and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
Ticket to Work program. Here's a nice website that reviews information about the program. It's a way for adults who are on SSI or SSDI to keep their benefits, work and possibly increase their income. http://www.chooseworkttw.net/about/index.html
National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices http://aadmd.org/NTG has developed a Family Support Network that includes resource information, an online support group, and a newsletter. See the most recent edition:
March 2017 Caregiver News.
Racine County Transition Directory
ADRC booklets for Adults with Intellectual (Developmental) or Physical Disabilities
Resources for Adults Living with an Intellectual Disability
Resources for People Living with Physical Disabilities
Mini Resource Directory (Emergency, Behavioral Health and other)
The Racine Police Department in partnership with Racine County Aging & Disability Resource Center, and The Volunteer Center of Racine, has developed the “Autism/Alzheimer/Dementia Elopement Alert Form”.
Racine County Special Needs Resource Fair - Flyer
May 5th 2017, Waterford Union High School
Circles of Life is Wisconsin’s annual conference for parents and family members who have children with disabilities and professionals who support them.
The 2017 Conference will be held May 4-5 at the Holiday Inn Stevens Point. See: http://www.circlesoflifeconference.com/
Of particular interest may be the following sites found on our links page:
ARC, Children with Special Needs, DHFS and Wisconsin Statewide Transition Initiative.