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Government of British Columbia Transition Planning and Resource guide

gbcciThe purpose of transition planning for youth with special needs is to identify opportunities and experiences during their school years that will help them better prepare for life as an adult. Transition planning can assist youth in securing employment, pursuing post-secondary education and fully participating in community life.


Transition Planning Guides
To assist in developing person-centered transition plans for youth with special needs the ministry has produced two guides:

* Your Future Now: A Transition Planning and Resource Guide for Youth with Special Needs and Their Families includes a workbook and resource guide to assist youth and their families with the development of an individualized transition plan.

* Transition Planning for Youth with Special Needs: A Community Support Guide provides additional information based on best practices to assist teachers, social workers and other community partners in supporting successful transition planning for youth with special needs.

Government Services
The transition from services for children and youth to adult services ideally involves the youth, family, service providers, school professionals and ministry staff in the planning process. Key ministries that assist in the transition to adult services include:

* Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance - education and support payments, work programs, bus passes and health and dental benefits for persons with disabilities. Click here for information on transitioning from At Home Medical Benefits to Adult Disability Assistance.

* Ministry of Advanced Education - education services to adults with disabilities. Education Planner also provides comprehensive information about post-secondary education in BC.

* Community Living British Columbia - range of services to assist adults with developmental disabilities to live as fully and independently as possible in the community.

Ministry of Health - home and community care for adults who have acute, chronic, palliative or rehabilitative health care needs. To find out more about transition planning resources, go to: http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/spec_needs/adulthood.htm

Resource Details:
Topic Area: Adult Issues: Transition
Type: Guide
Source/Organization: Government of British Columbia
Geographic Focus: British Columbia
Language: English
Purpose: Assist in developing transition plans for youth with special needs.
Date reviewed: January 2013
Website: http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/spec_needs/adulthood.htm