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The Six Essential Resources for Transition to Adulthood

Transition to Adulthood Resource Guide

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Explore these resources and learn about the services available to assist in your Transition to Adulthood Process. Best practice is to begin exploration at age 14 (or even 12); IDEA law stipulates a transition plan must be in place by the student’s 16th birthday:

1. Secondary Transition Planning: The Basics by CA Transition Alliance– considered by Transition to Adulthood specialists as a most important resource for transition: (PDF)

Check out Essential Life Skills for Teens Chart: (PDF)

Please explore CA Transition Alliance for abundant resources, including:

  • Webinars
  • Sample vocational, life skills and other transition assessments
  • Transition standards and legislation
  • Federal and state inter-agency links
  • Housing information
  • Career preparation
  • Work based experiences

Even though some links are not current, it is well worth your time to check out the ones that are!

2. These CA Department of Education resources compliment the CA Transition Alliance’s document: Highlighting six categories: Employment, Education and Training, Independent Living, Compliance, Guidepost for Success and Employment First.

3. The United States Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services publication: (PDF)

4. NTACT (National Technical Assistance Center on Transition):

5. The EDge is a trusted, informative special education publication covering relevant special education news. The Winter 2019: Transition to Adult Life is a wonderful resource. It examines secondary transition services and explores the importance of self-advocacy and high expectations. Find out how to subscribe at:

6. Center for Parent Information & Resources:

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