Secondary Transition for Families

There are several tools that may be helpful as you help your child prepare for the post-secondary setting and life after high school.

Age of Majority Parent Guide explains the parent’s role in the age of majority process.  It also shares information about guardianship, conservatorship, etc. for families of students with significant disabilities. All children become legal adults at the age of 18 years old, regardless of any disability.  If parents want to maintain control over specific areas (financial, health, etc) then they must consult with a  lawyer well in advance of the student’s 18th birthday.

Preparing for Postsecondary

Parent Guide to Assessing College Readiness

Toolbox for Self-Determination from I’m Determined website is an EXCELLENT resource to help you develop your son/daughter’s self-advocacy skills starting with everyday examples.

The Transition Skills Checklist is a good reference to help families think about a variety of skills their child will need for independence.

The Journey to Life After High School Road Map for Parents of Children with Special Needs is a useful handbook to help navigate the multitude of options that families need to consider as their child is getting ready to transition to life after high school.

This Junior/Senior Checklist identifies steps that need to be taken care of as your child gets prepared for the postsecondary setting.