A robust system of transition services and supports for youth with disabilities starts with planning.
At the system or interagency level, we focus on how services and supports are available to youth across a community or region. At the youth level, we develop individualized plans based on a youth's unique needs.
To build a more cohesive experience for youth and their parents, these systems must work in partnership. For example, consider the E1MN interagency partnership. E1MN represents agreements, policies and practices committed to by the Minnesota Department of Education, Department of Human Services, and Department of Employment and Economic Development to advance Employment First outcomes for people with disabilities.
Youth in transition must navigate many programs and systems. Consider ways you can build stronger partnerships across those systems to ease a youth's transition journey.
Encourage youth and families to use My Vault to support coordinated planning. Share plans using My Vault. Then encourage youth to share plans with others who support them. For more, check out using My Vault to support people.
All youth with disabilities need a formal plan that defines their future goals and the steps needed to reach those goals. By law, all Minnesota youth must have a personal learning plan beginning in 9th grade. Personal learning plans have been shown to motivate youth to learn, achieve more in school and develop a stronger sense of ownership over their education.
Services provided to youth with disabilities require additional planning documents that encompass or align with their personal learning plan. Ideally, all youth plans are coordinated for seamless service delivery. Help the youth you support access their own plans electronically by sharing them with My Vault. To learn more, check out using My Vault to support people.
Disability-specific services and their respective planning documents include: