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Learning Center

The Learning Center informs parents and others about major components of transition to adulthood for youth with disabilities. Explore relevant articles and current resources that will help youth meet their goals for life after high school.

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.

Information Sections

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 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 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 to secure needed accommodations.
Benefit Programs & Supports Learn about important programs for young adults with disabilities, including social security, vocational rehabilitation, and more.
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 Learn the basics of major federal disability laws and the rights and services they provide.
Health & Transition Preparing youth for the move to adult healthcare is many-sided. Learn about including healthcare goals in the IEP, transitioning to a new adult healthcare provider, helping youth build self-advocacy and self-care skills, and healthcare coverage options.
Assistive Technology Learn about Assistive Technology (AT) devices or services that help people with disabilities participate more independently within their home, employment and school settings.
Funding for this online learning center was provided in part by the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation.