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Youth in Transition

Family Involvement and Supports

Participation and involvement of parents, family members, and/or other caring adults promote the social, emotional, physical, academic and occupational growth of youth, leading them to better post-school outcomes. All youth need parents, families and other caring adults who do the following:

  • Maintain high expectations that build upon the young person's strengths, interests and needs and foster their ability to achieve independence and self-sufficiency.
  • Stay involved in their lives and assisting them toward adulthood.
  • Provide access to information about employment, further education and community resources.
  • Taken an active role in transition planning with schools and community partners.
  • Provide access to medical, professional and peer support networks.

In addition, youth with disabilities need parents, families and other caring adults who have:

  • An understanding of their youth's disability and how it affects his or her education, employment and/or daily living options
  • Knowledge of rights and responsibilities under various disability-related legislation
  • Knowledge of and access to programs, services, supports and accommodations available for young people with disabilities, and
  • An understanding of how individualized planning tools can assist youth in achieving transition goals and objectives.

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