Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

Transition to Adulthood

Transition planning to adulthood is the process of moving from child services to adult services. If you have questions about your child’s transition to adulthood; please call us at 800-532-3321,  or email us at  cyshcn@waisman.wisc.edu.

Recorded Transition Workshops

Large blue suspension bridge made out of legos with two lego construction workers figures and one lego supergirl figure standing on the bridgeTransition has many pieces! Learn about what those pieces are and how you can stay a step ahead so students and families can be successful.

Transition Talks Tuesdays was the result of a partnership with the DeForest High School Transition Team, the Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin and the Southern Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs. Topics include: Transition: Planning Your Future  An introduction, family perspective and the Post-Secondary Transition Plan; Getting Help as an Adult: Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC);  Ready to Work: Finding and Keeping Integrated Employment; Health Care Changes Too! Stay a Step Ahead; Disability Benefits: Navigating Work and Support;  Higher Education Options: What Do I Need to Know?;  Supported Decision Making. All Transition Talks Tuesdays were recorded Winter/Spring of 2021 and resource sheets were made based on the recording.

5 County Transition Talks was planned by the Green County Community on Transition with the County Communities on Transition from Grant, Iowa, Lafayette and Rock, the Southern Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs and the Wisconsin Transition Improvement Grant and were recorded in May of 2021. Topics include: You Can Do It: Transitioning from High School to College; Living as Independently as Possible; Discovering Yourself and Your Community; Finding My Meaningful Day – Graduating Career and Life Ready; Disability Law Across the Lifespan; Supportive Decision Making & Decisions About Guardianship.

Here are some focus areas to consider when planning your child’s transition:

Education

Your child’s school district will play a key role in the transition to adulthood. Beginning at age 14, his or her Individual Education Plan (IEP) will address the transition process. One tool is the Postsecondary Transition Plan (PTP), it will walk teams through each transition goal in detail, including employment, education options, living arrangements and community involvement.

Healthcare

Supported Decision-Making

In some cases, youth with special health care needs may need formal support to guide financial, medical or other decisions.

Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities has some great resources and toolkits.

Wisconsin Guardianship Support Center is a statewide resource regarding information about guardianship-related issues.

Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) is a place to get accurate information on all aspects of life related to aging or living with a disability as an adult.

Here are some additional resources as your child transitions to adult services: