Tips for transitions to the community
Get organized, have a system in place to have all the information you will need during and after the transition. Develop a checklist
Build a team: pull together all the individuals (paid/unpaid caregivers) who will support your youth
Create a transition plan: Together with your youth and the team create a transition plan
Regularly review your youth’s strengths, weakness, likes, dislikes, hopes, visions for the future.
Attend a transition workshop
Together with the transition team, research and plan for your youth’s long-term post-secondary education, vocational skills training and/or employment, if this is an option
When appropriate, talk to your youth about puberty and sexuality
Get a Social Insurance Number (SIN) for the youth. A SIN is needed to work in Canada and to gain access to government programs and benefits.
Check if the youth you support is eligible for the disability tax credit
File your youth’s income taxes
Start a bank account for the youth you support
Start a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) for the youth you support and your family
Start Financial planning for the long-term
Research housing options together with the transition team
Apply for social and health supports your youth might be eligible for in the community (e.g., homecare)
Learn about your and the youth’s legal rights and responsibilities (e.g., power of attorney)
Establish a system through which the youth’s health, medical information and follow-ups are recorded and checked regularly
Adapted from the http://findsupportbc.com/timeline/checklist.php?age=8-25
The following guides offer tips and information that might be helpful while planning the transition to adulthood for your child or the individual you support.
- A protocol for transitioning students with exceptional needs from school to community: https://www.gov.mb.ca/healthychild/publications/protocol_swsn.pdf
- Information for adults with disabilities – Transition to adulthood: http://www.gov.mb.ca/fs/imd/pubs/transit_adult.pdf
- Working together – A parent’s guide to transition from school to community: http://www.gov.mb.ca/healthychild/publications/protocol_stc.pdf