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College Options for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

Explore helpful information from PACER Center and Think College about inclusive, postsecondary education programs for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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hink College - Changing Expectations. Increasing Opportunities.

Think College is a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for young adults with Intellectual Disabilities (ID). PACER Center is a proud partner of Think College.

Paving the Way: Parent Tips for Supporting Success in High School and Beyond

Information for parents of high school students featuring a wealth of practical tips and resources on:

  • Communication and Teamwork
  • Study Habits and Course Selection
  • Celebration and Support
  • Preparing for the Future

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Health Assessment Transition Planning Checklist

Is your youth ready for the transition to adult health care? The health assessment transition planning checklist is designed to help parents and youth assess where they are at and plan next steps to prepare youth to take on more responsibility for their own health care.

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Person-Centered Planning

An ongoing problem-solving process used to help people with disabilities plan for their future. In person centered planning, groups of people focus on an individual and that person's vision of what they would like to do in the future. This "person-centered" team meets to identify opportunities for the focus person to develop personal relationships, participate in their community, increase control over their own lives, and develop the skills and abilities needed to achieve these goals.

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Middle & High School Transition Planning

Middle & High School Transition Planning

Transition planning can begin many years before youth with disabilities graduate from high school. Find out about some of the early steps you can take.

Postsecondary Education

Postsecondary Education

Postsecondary education can open doors of possibilities for youth with disabilities. Learn about the differences between accessing accommodations in high school and college, as well as other important postsecondary information.



Employment is a crucial aspect of transition. This section contains resources on finding that first job, understanding what services are available to support employment, and helping youth advocate for themselves.

Independent & Community Living

Independent & Community Living

Interested in learning how to support your youth to live independently in the community? Check out these resources on person-centered planning and self-determination.

Laws & Rights

Laws & Rights

Learn the basics of major federal disability laws and the rights and services they provide.

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Whether just starting the transition planning process or searching for information on a specific topic, the Learning Center is a comprehensive source of information designed to support families’ varied needs.


Preparing For Adulthood Series:
Taking Charge of My Own Health Care

This 4-part series on transitioning from pediatric to adult health care was developed by PACERís Youth Advisory Board. The series is geared towards youth, parents, medical providers, and teachers to enhance conversations around youth taking charge of their own health care.

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The Path to Independence:
Mobile Apps to Support Transition-Age Youth

This booklet lists free and low-cost mobile apps that are available to support transition-age youth with disabilities as they embark on their journey towards post-secondary education, job training, employment, and independent living.

Download Now - The Path to Independence Booklet (14 pages, ©2017)

Mapping Dreams: The Transition to Adulthood

Book: 50 pages. (Read an excerpt )

This book outlines practical steps parents can take to help plan for their child’s transition from high school to adult employment, postsecondary education or training, and independent living. It includes “Talk to Your Child” sections and checklists to help start discussions about your child’s future, as well as a resource list. Books are $8 each (free for Minnesota parents).

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Call PACER at (952) 838-9000 and order item ST-40.

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An e-newsletter that subscribers receive twice monthly. Each issue focuses on new or recent resources on timely topics of importance to youth and young adults with disabilities and their families. Featured resources provide strategies to help youth achieve their post-school goals with support from their families, advocates, educators, workforce development professionals, the community, and other natural supports.

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