What can  parents do?

  • Be an active participant in the transition process.
  • Advocate for your student.
  • Share valuable information about your student’s strengths and challenges.
  • Give your student the opportunity to make decisions for themselves.


For your student to live on their own


Teach them to:

  • Prepare meals & make healthy food choices
  • Take care of a home
  • Take care of personal hygiene
  • Access health care services
  • Handle money and finances
  • Drive a car or learn how to take public transportation
  • Take care of a family

What should they do to be a part of the community?

  • Take part in high school activities: join a club, play a sport, mentor a friend
  • Be a part of a school play or attend a musical event
  • Volunteer in the school and/or community
  • Explore leisure and  recreation opportunities
  • Experience new things
  • Build new friendships
  • Continue building social skills

Does your student want to attend college,

or another training program?


Things you should do:

  • Learn the requirements for college entrance.
  • Encourage your son or daughter to work closely with school counselors
  • Attend post-secondary program open houses
  • Help your student complete entrance applications
  • Take your student on college tours
  • Help your student to become a self advocate
  • Encourage him or her to get job experience, find a mentor, job shadow, or get an internship