Transition planning can be a frustrating and daunting task for parents. The learning curve is steep (employment, benefits, supported decision-making/guardianship, housing, day-to-day supports), and the pressures on families can be intense. It is important that we, as teachers, share resources with parents that can help them navigate their transition journey.
Here are five trusted websites, geared toward parents and families, which offer good information, guidance, and tools for transition.
- The National Parent Center on Transition and Employment, from the Pacer Center, features videos on a variety of transition topics. The Center also provides downloadable guides and handouts, and parents can sign up for the e-newsletter “Inspiring Possibilities.”
- Got Transition is a national resource center on health care transition and a program of The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health.
- Arc of Indiana’s transition-from-school webpage offers fact sheets and links to Charting the LifeCourse, postsecondary options, and more.
- INSOURCE, Indiana’s Parent Training and Information Center, also provides links and fact sheets on housing, postsecondary education, home modifications, Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation, and others.
- Our own Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center includes a page of collected resources for families. Among those are “Indiana Diploma Decisions,” the “Working with Indiana VR” video, Is College for You?, and several transition-related benefits fact sheets.