Here's a starter kit of helpful resources for transition-age youth and families.
Assistive technology and independent living
- The System of Technology to Achieve Results (STAR) Program helps Minnesotans with disabilities access the assistive technology they need to live, learn, work and play. The program offers device demos, loans and exchanges.
- Technology for HOME offers person-centered assistive technology consults and technical assistance to help people with disabilities live more independently.
- The Minnesota Association of Centers for Independent Living provides information about local independent living services and links to disability-related information from around the world.
- The Map it: What comes next? module is an interactive training tool designed for transition-age youth who are deaf or hard of hearing.
- Volunteering can help your child gain valuable experience and make connections in the community while learning about their strengths and what they enjoy doing. Check Volunteer Match to find volunteer opportunities for your child.
Behavioral and mental health support
- The National Alliance on Mental Illness parent warmline connects parents with parent peer specialists for resources, answers and support.
- If you're experiencing a mental health crisis, call **CRISIS (**274747) from your cellphone or text MN to 741741 to talk to a team of mental health professionals.
- Check this directory of children's mental health crisis response phone numbers.
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).