Transitioning to Adulthood

In raising a child with Special Needs a parent faces many challenges and transitions throughout the growing up years. The end of high school means a change in supports and programs the way we have known it for 18 years.

Although some adult supports begin at the age of 18 or 19, please note the transition process begins years earlier closer to the age of 14. Here are some resources to hopefully help you along this newest transition period in your life, to help you familiarize yourself with the process and what you can do to make the transition an easier one for you and your child.

Also note that communities sometimes will have a Transition Fair (usually in March in Abbotsford and April in Chilliwack) to gather community groups together for families to find out about the supports available for your child as an adult.

Transitioning Pathway  – A pathway showing the different steps to take from ages 14-24 for the transition process.

Transition Planning and Checklist and Resource Guide – This Planning Checklist and Resource Guide is intended as a starting place for the information that parents want.  It has information on local (Abbotsford) resources, service providers and support groups, as well as information from the Provincial and Federal government.    

Transition Timeline – This table outlines the interactive roles and tasks of team members: the youth, family, and staff from schools, youth services and adult services.

Getting on Trac for Adult Care – Timeline and information

Youth Quiz – A list of questions to help youth learn to manage their health and get ready for adult care.

Parent & Family Checklist – A guide for parents/families to support their youth (12-24 yrs of age) in the planning and preparation for adulthood and adult health care.

Info for families getting CLBC services – CLBC staff use a consistent approach to make fair decisions about services. This information sheet explains how we do that.

Applying for PWD – Applying for assistance with My Self Serve

S.T.A.D.D. Navigator support for youth and young adults with developmental disabilities.  Navigators work with you and your family to help make a plan that’s all about you.

Steps Forward FAQ – BC Initiative for Inclusive Post-Secondary Education.