This "manual" has been compiled with the intent of providing you with enough general information for you to build a framework for creating and achieving goals. There will be sections of this manual that may not apply to your particular situation. All the information enclosed is purely for your reference in the event you may need it at some point. This is not a step-by-step guide, but rather a point of reference with which you can fashion your own plan. It will hopefully give you some direction and spark questions you may have.
The transition process is highly individualized, and must be coordinated primarily by the family in order to be successfully and provide helpful outcomes. There are many service agencies referred to in this manual, some of which you may find helpful in assisting you in your endeavors. Remember, there is no magic solution or instructions, and no agency is "the answer" to all your needs. All the agencies strive to assist families in achieving their goals, but none is able to just do it on their own.
By joining in partnerships with the agencies in your community, you will be able to create more opportunities for a fulfilling, safe life for your young adult. It is certainly not easy, but it is definitely worth the effort!
Debra S. DeStefano
Transition Planning Agent Community Bridges (Region IV)
Family Support Advocate/Transition Coordinator Monadnock Developmental Services (Region V)
Family Support Liaison Mary Ellen Cade, Family Support Liaison Center of Hope (Region XI)
Service Coordinator United Developmental Services (Region XII)
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