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Idaho Parents Unlimited Inc

Transition to Adulthood

The Journey to Life After High School: A Road Map for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Whether you have a middle schooler (11-14), a high schooler (14-18), or even a young adult (18-26), this is a tool for you to use as you begin planning your child’s transition into adulthood.  While it can’t cover every detail or every situation, it will give you an overview of what lies ahead and a list of resources for where to go next.

The report has four goals:

  • To inform families about the components of the transition to adulthood
  • To encourage families about the components of the transition to adulthood
  • To explain the choices and changes that makeup the transition process
  • To connect families with the many resources available for helping them transition

The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law Release Three New Fact Sheets on Supported Employment

The Bazelon Center for Mental Health is pleased to announce the publication of three fact sheets following up on our report, Getting to Work: Promoting Employment of People with Mental IllnessGetting to Work discusses the reasons why states should expand supported employment services to increase employment opportunities for people with mental illness.  These fact sheets highlight three key reasons to increase the availability of supported employment that are discussed in more detail in the report. 

The first fact sheet, Supported Employment Works!, highlights the effectiveness of the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model of supported employment. 

The second fact sheet, Supported Employment Saves Money, summarizes the cost and funding mechanisms for supported employment services.

The third fact sheet, Supported Employment and Olmstead, explains how expanding access to supported employment services helps states comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Olmstead decision.

View our additional employment resources here.

A Guide to Visual Disabilities

How Colleges Help Visually Impaired Students Succeed

Autism at-a-Glance

The two links below are new resources from the Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism (CSESA).  The resources are the first two in an anticipated series from the center and are designed for students with conversational speech and for those supporting students with more significant communication needs:

Supporting Communication in the High School Setting

Supporting Functional Communication in the High School Setting

Building a Bridge From School to Adult Life for Young Adults with Disabilities in Idaho

A manual developed by Idaho Parents Unlimited to help develop post school goals and transition activities.

Download a pdf of Building a Bridge here

Download a Spanish Text only version here

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Transition Website

Kits are available for youth with special health care needs  ages 12-15, 16-18, and 18 and up, along with Parent Companion Guides.  These kits assist youth in ensuring their health needs are focused on as part of transitioning to adulthood.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare's Transition Website can be accessed here: Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Transition to Adulthood

The Youth's Corner

Click here to see IPUL's two part video created by and for youth volunteers with special health care needs in transition to adulthood.

Employment Information from the State Independent Living Council's Able to Work Program:

Growing Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities - Able to Work

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