A Collaborative Interagency, Interdisciplinary Approach to Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood

As youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) leave school, they face several transitions including school to work or postsecondary education, family home to community living, and child oriented health care to adult care. Youth should be able to expect self-determined transitions with coordinated support from family, community, professionals, and agencies, but they and their families often experience very little choice, control, or collaboration from the myriad of systems to which they look for support and services for transition. This article is a collaboration of the initiatives developed to promote and utilize interdisciplinary practice. This list of programs or projects that are quality examples of collaborations to transition and additional transition-related resources are included in the publication.

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