Transition into Managing Your own Healthcare!
- It is never too early and never too late to begin!
- No youth is too limited to participate - but age and developmental level both need to be considered.
- Shared management supports movement up the stairway to maximal independence, taking the next small step, but allows for temporary regression.
- Shared management requires of parents: Parenting skills for typical challenges of growing up Special skills related to the youth's disorder and its management Aspirations for maintaining family life Dedication to support current and future overall health outcomes
- Identify areas in which progress needs to be made. Look at recent IEPs, the Health skills transition checklist, Bright Futures steps, etc. Consider youth and family needs, concerns, goals.
- Select a few specific goals to work toward, which are important to the youth and parents.
- Break these goals into small steps considering current skills and limitations and the tasks to be learned. Teachers and therapists may be helpful in doing this.
- Prepare a plan to learn/teach these skills with youth taking as much responsibility as possible. Parents may act as consultant, supervisor or manager. Review/re-evaluate periodically.
Additional Transition Resource:
Got Transition? - a website with a great amount of information about transitioning from youth to adult care
Developing Financial Capability Among Youth: How Families Can Help
Are you or do you know a young person, age 13-26, with a disability interested in self advocacy and self-determination? We are currently seeking young people who are connected to an advocacy or youth group in their community, state or another national organization and/or who are willing to make a commitment to do so. If interested, please consider submitting an application to join the KASA Advisory Board.
KASA is a youth run disability rights organization that hopes to change the systems we as young people with disabilities live in. We do this by sharing materials and information aimed at educating others about the rights that people with disabilities have, and encouraging youth to become involved in their communities. KASA has materials covering a variety of topics including how to save for college, living on one’s own, voting, volunteer service, disability pride and more. These materials were written by KASA board members. KASA Board members represent diversity in race and ethnicity, skills, experience, and geographic location. Some KASA members have provided training on different aspects of disability all across the country. Please consider joining us!
The KASA Board
Click Here for Board Application (pdf)
Click Here for Board Information (pdf)
Click below to see videos created by and for youth with disabilities and special health care needs in transition to adulthood.
Tools for Life - What do Idaho Youth with Disabilities Think About it? Burn Brighter Tools for Life Voice II Hailey, Idaho
Amanda's story of her traumatic brain injury.
Boise Students Star in Video - Student First Language!
Interview Part 1 (transition to adulthood)
Interview Part 2 (transition to adulthood)