Transition Resources

For more information, please contact Dayna Holbel (dayna.lynn.holbel@emory.edu).

Thank you to the following individuals and groups for their continued partnership:

    1. Elise James - GaDOE Program Specialist, Transition Postschool Outcome for the Division for Special Education Services and Supports (DSESS)
    2. Anne Ladd - Family Engagement Specialist,  Division for Special Education Services and Supports (DSESS)
    3. Elana Himmelfarb, LLC
    4. Paige Tidwell-Cason - Assistant Director of Client Services, Georgie Vocational Rehabilitation Agency 
    5. Emory Autism Center's Individualized Transition to Adulthood Plan (ITAP) team members

Transition Planning Support

When do we start the transition planning process?

Who can I contact at the school to support me throughout the process? What is the school’s role in the process?

What should my young adult be working on at school and at home?

Who is part of the transition planning process team?

What are some resources about Transition Planning and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) that I should be familiar with?

How do I know which diploma option is right for my young adult?

Job Success

What skills and abilities will my young adult need to obtain a job? To maintain a job?

What can we be doing at home or in the community to build job skills and prepare my young adult for employment?

What are the public benefits I need to know?

What is the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) and how may they support my young adult in obtaining and maintaining a job?

Who can provide accurate information no how earned income will affect benefits?

What various state, local, and community programs may provider job support? What service providers are available?

What work opportunities are available at school?

  • Reach out to your work based learning coordinator at your school.

My young adult received waiver funded services. How do I integrate work into my young adult’s ISP?

Post-Secondary Education

What are the post-secondary education options?

How do I support my young adult in selecting the right post secondary setting?

How can I support my young adult to be more independent with their learning and work completion to maximize their success in their post-secondary education experience/setting?

How do I know if my young adult is ready for college? What skills does my young adult need for the increasing demands of PSE settings/experiences?

How will I pay for post-secondary education? How can I access funding to support with the cost of post-secondary education?

How does my young adult access the disability  office and request reasonable accommodations? How often must my young adult complete this process?

Community Engagement

What services are available to support my young adult in building skills for the community?

What services are available to support my young adult in engaging in the community?  

What are the community and/or civic activities that my young adult can be involved in? How do they access these resources and get involved?

My young adult’s behavior precludes being out in the community. How can we work on that?

How can I help others understand my young adult’s needs and differences so that they can be included and supported?

How do I know whether a group or place of business is “autism friendly"?

What transportation options are available for my young adult? How can I identify what transportation services my young adult qualifies for? How can my young adult gain support for learning to drive?

Financial Assistance

What kind of funding sources are available to support my young adult in reaching their goals?

What is the waiver and how do I get one?

What do I need to be doing now to financially plan so that my young adult has funding for their support needs?

How do I access resources to help my young adult to be more financially independent?

My young adult receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI), what do I need to know?

Healthcare

What do we need to be doing now to make sure that my young adult will have health insurance when they can’t be on our plan anymore?

How do I help my young adult to navigate and advocate their healthcare needs?

What services does my young adult need now? What services will they need further into adulthood?

How do I help my young adult engage in and manage healthy behaviors?

How can I locate an appropriate adult care provider who is knowledgeable about my young adult’s disabilities and needs?

How can my young adult prepare for transitioning from pediatric care to adult care?

Independent Living & Residential

Advocacy & Decision Making

What is supported decision making? What are powers of attorney? What is the right choice for my young adult and their needs?

Do I need to retain guardianship of my young adult? If so, how can I get more information?

What resources and supports are out there so that my young adult can increase their knowledge and responsibility in decision making and their rights?

What supports are out there to teach my young adult self-determination and self-advocacy?

How do I ensure my young adult is registered to vote?

Mental Health Needs

How do I know if my young adult needs mental health supports?

  • NAMI: Warning Signs and Symptoms

How do I find a mental health provider who understands autism?

How do I secure funding for counseling services? Medication?

How can my young adult utilize community mental health resources?

Beyond medication and therapy, what resources are available to help my young adult build and maintain their mental wellness?

Behavioral Health Needs

How do I know if my young adult needs behavioral health supports?

How do I find a behavioral health provider who understands autism?

How do I pay for various behavioral health services?

What resources are available to help my young adult build and maintain their behavioral health needs?

 

Parent Support & Future Planning

How do I get training in supporting my young adult with their needs and goals?

How do I find a parent support group?

How do I go about saving money for my young adult’s future?

What is a special needs trust and would my young adult benefit from this?

How do I develop a “team” of people who will care for and support my young adult if something should happen to me or as I age?

Safety

How do I address my safety concerns for my young adult?

How do I ensure my young adult has emergency contact information on them at all times?

How do I ensure my child understands internet safety and rules?

What resources exist to help my child understand social rules and norms so that they are not bullied or taken advantage of?

PEERS Clinic at Georgia State University: Social Skills Intervention

How do I get my child access to information about healthy sexual behaviors and consent?

How do I support my young adult in preparing for potential interactions with first responders?

What sorts of safety plans should I be thinking about to have in place for my young adult? (e.g., if they get lost, are in a fire, are approached by a stranger, etc.)

 

Friendships, Dating & Family Planning

How do I anticipate and support my young adult in dating, healthy relationships, sexual health, and family planning?

What resources are there for talking to my young adult about sexual health?

How do I support my young adult in making safe dating decisions?

What resources are out there for young adults that identify as a part of the LGBTQ+ community?

What resources can connect peers with shared interests and/or initiate relationships?

Assistive & Specialized Technology

How do I know if my young adult needs an assistive technology evaluation and where do I go to get one?

What types of assistive technology exist that could be helpful for my young adult?

How can I and my young adult get training on how to use our phones and apps to support with every day life?

What resources are there for learning about and how to use new assistive technologies?

How can I access funding for assistive technology?