Transition to Adulthood

Life is full of transitions, and one of the more remarkable ones occurs when we get ready to leave high school and go out in the world as young adults. When the student has a disability, it’s especially helpful to plan ahead for that transition. As a matter of fact the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires it. Transition services are intended to prepare students to move from the world of school to the world of adulthood.

STELLAR Project

The goal of the STELLAR (Supporting Transition to Engaged Lives by Linking Agency Resources) project is to Assist transition-age youth (14-26) with disabilities, their parents, family members, guardians and advocates; or other authorized representatives of the individual to effectively engage in vocational, independent living, and rehabilitative services.

Innovative approaches to this initiative include:

MPACT Transition Mentors are specially trained to assist families and youth with disabilities through transition, post-secondary choices, and RTN (Regional Transition Networks) involvement.

Regional Transition Networks are statewide groups comprised of community stakeholders in the area of employment, independent living, and education.

  • Identify current effective practices and community resources and services for transitioning youth
  • Identify barriers and gaps in services related to employment and create action plans to address through information, resources, and training
  • Disseminate information about regional employment options and best practices in the region to families, youth with disabilities, and agencies

Some of the strategies that the STELLAR project will focus on are:

  • Career focused and supervised community-based on-the-job training while in school
  • Inclusion of self-advocacy and self-determination skills in the curriculum
  • Interpersonal skills and job-related skills training for students
  • Involvement and coordination of students, parents, businesses, and community representatives in interagency transition teams
  • Meaningful job placement experiences that provide living wages and career opportunities for youth with disabilities
  • Continuous support for both employer and student

Resources:

For more information about STELLAR or transtioning to adulthood, please contact 800-743-7634 or info@missouriparentsact.org.

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