The transition from youth to adulthood is challenging for almost every young person. This is particularly true for young people with disabilities. Yet, it is in those crucial transition-age years that a young person's future can be determined.
An extensive literature review of research, demonstration projects and effective practices -- including lessons from youth development, quality education, and workforce development programs -- suggests that all youth need:
- Access to high quality standards-based education regardless of the setting;
- Information about career options and exposure to the world of work; including structured internships;
- Opportunities to develop social, civic, and leadership skills;
- Strong connections to caring adults;
- Access to safe places to interact with their peers; and,
- Support services and specific accommodations to allow them to become independent adults.
The Guideposts can help steer families, institutions and youth themselves through the transition processes.
Presenter: Curtis Richards, Director, Center for Workforce Development
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