Transition to adulthood topics:

Key supports

Sharing your fears, questions and hopes with other parents can help you navigate your child's transition to adulthood.

Online support

Networking

  • Family Voices of Minnesota offers connected parent-to-parent networking.
  • For casual gatherings, search Meetup by location and keyword to see if a local group already exists — or create your own!
  • The Mighty is a safe, supportive community for people facing health challenges and the people who care for them.

School support

  • To ensure school success, get to know how school staff can support you and your child. Depending on your child's situation, this likely includes social workers, teachers and aides. Some children get supports through general education interventions while others receive special education.
  • In Minnesota, all students are required to have a personal learning plan by 9th grade. The plan includes academics, career exploration and skills, community partnerships, postsecondary options and experience-based learning opportunities.
  • Also think about assistive technology for education. If your child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP), make sure the school considers technology as part of the plan. 

Community organizations

  • The PACER Center enhances quality of life and expands opportunities for children, youth and young adults with disabilities.
  • The Arc Minnesota promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • The Center for Parent Information and Resources provides family-friendly information and research-based materials on key topics for families of children with disabilities.
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