Transition to Adulthood

Transitioning to adulthood is a big step in life. As an adult it is up to you to make your own choices and to take care of yourself. Therefore, it is important that you know the changes the transition brings and learn what help is provided for adults.This page provides links that help explain this step.


CAPE Youth – The Center for Advancing Policy on Employment for Youth helps disabled youth (16-24) find stable, accommodating employment

Charting the LifeCourse™ – Created by families to help individuals and families of all abilities and all ages develop a vision for a good life, think about what they need to know and do, identify how to find or develop supports, and discover what it takes to live the lives they want to live.

Got Transition – Information on making the transition to taking control of your own healthcare.

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth – Employment information for youth with disabilities.

Partners for Youth With Disabilities – Seeks to build the skills and abilities of young people with disabilities, and increase the inclusivity of workplaces, organizations, and communities.

Ready. Set. Grad. – Information and tools to help youth graduate from high school and go to college.

Transition Truths: An Overview of Transition Systems – This tool describes the systems that may affect youth with and without disabilities as they transition from youth to adulthood.

UnitedHealthcare On My Way – United Healthcare has a program for youth in transition. Like finding housing, getting a good job, managing your money – and more.

Young Adult Transition – This website has a list of resources for youth transitioning into adulthood in Washington State

Youthhood – A website for and by youth, to help them plan for life after high school and talk to other teens

Downloadable Resources

A Young Person’s Guide to Health Care Transition

By Youth, For Youth: Employment – Information on getting and retaining a job.

College or Training Programs: How to Decide Tips for Youth

Documents to Keep for Youth Transitioning to Adult Life

DSHS Transition Timeline – This timeline explains what to do and when to do it, for students with an IEP or Section 504 Plan.

My Life, My Health – A Toolkit for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Online College Programs – Questions to consider for students with disabilities

Readiness Survey – Use this check list to help you decide if you are ready to transition into adulthood.

The 411 on Disability Disclosure – A workbook for youth with disabilities

Transitions: Life after high school – Tools to help you decide what you want to do after High School

The ADA, Section 504 & Postsecondary Education – Information for IDEA students who want to go to college.