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