Tips from the Adult Life Committee
- Start looking in your communities for transition programs around age 15/16. (Adult living, day programs, rec programs)
- Every time you talk to someone you will learn something.
- You can cultivate contacts and information as you go. The earlier you go the better.
- Reach out to other families in your community that have adult children with disabilities, they can help you navigate resources in your community.
- Start cultivating friendship groups for your child. Learning leisure activities is so important.
- As your child is coming up to the transition years, create a “Visual Resume” to share with potential programs. (your child’s school can help with this) Many programs will do an interview with your family.
- If you were to choose any skill to focus on in the teen years it should be understanding and communicating Yes/No. This opens up a world of choices and independence for your child.
- Never give up hope.
From Navigating the Future (2017) 9TH INTERNATIONAL FAMILY CONFERENCE. July 23rd-26th, 2017. Crowne Plaza-Redondo Beach and Marina, Redondo Beach, CA.
Dup15q Alliance Transitional Living Committee Presents “Transitions to Adulthood”. From Beyond All Limits (2019) 10th INTERNATIONAL FAMILY CONFERENCE.