Families play a crucial role in a child's life. Help parents and other caregivers recognize the importance of their roles — and how these roles will change as a child transitions to adulthood.
LEARN: Develop your knowledge
Learn how to support parents in their changing role.
As youth get older and gain more independence, they'll drive the transition process. However, they'll still need their families for help and support — teaching them skills needed in adulthood and helping them navigate new decisions and responsibilities.
If you haven't already, review the roles page of this toolkit to learn about the family's role in the transition process.
DO: Work with families
Share information and resources with families to help them understand their role.
To understand the "seismic shift" parents of youth with disabilities will need to make during the transition to adulthood, share this PACER Center video on the changing role of parents (06:00). The video is best shared at the beginning of the transition process, when a child is about age 14.