Youth in Transition Toolkit:
Let families know about statewide resources and eligibility-specific services for transition planning and beyond.
Know the key organizations that can help families understand resources and supports.
Disability Hub MN serves as a go-to resource for you and the families you serve. The Hub includes a section on parent and family supports designed to help families think through resources and supports, as well as the ability to chat, email or call a Hub expert for help.
The PACER Center offers family training and a collection of publications designed to educate families.
Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS)/State Services for the Blind (SSB) and county or tribal waiver services can support transition planning starting in grade 9.
Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) administers vocational rehabilitation (VR), a state and federally funded program that provides employment services to people with disabilities. State Services for the Blind (SSB) is the VR program for people who are blind, low vision or DeafBlind.
VRS and SSB work with high schools to ensure that all youth have access to the following Pre-employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS):
Home and community-based service (HCBS) waivers help pay for the services that allow people with disabilities to live at home or in the community.
Into adulthood: Your guide to disability access (PDF) from Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid outlines programs, services and contacts that may be helpful for youth with disabilities and their families as they move beyond high school to live and work independently for the first time. The guide is available in other formats and languages.
Disability Hub can be a family's go-to place for resources and support. Introduce them to Hub services and tools.
Play an introductory video:
Provide Hub materials:
Show specific Hub features:
Introduce key Hub tools:
Share key links for families from the PACER Center:
Introduce families to VRS/SSB's Pre-employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) and share these overview flyers:
To explain to families how HCBS waiver services might help their youth, review waivers in the Top Topics section.