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.
Review the October 2018 Tools for Life Summit

MPACT’s RTN Transistion Expo’s and Events Scheduled for 2018!

Northwest Region:

St. Joe Area RTN – Oct event being planned, contact Lisa

Clinton/Dekalb RTN – TBA fall event, contact Lisa Bowles @

Kansas City Area:


The Fall Career Festival – Oct 30th, location information coming soon.

Southwest Region:


Nevada Area RTN – You Got to Be in IT To Win it, Oct 17th, 9am – 2pm, 510 N Centennial Blvd


Joplin Area RTN –  Spotlight to YOUR FUTURE, Oct 23, 9am – 3pm, Joplin Schools Administration Building, 310 West 8th Street, Joplin.

Ozark Area RTN – Building a Purposeful LIFE, Friday, Sept 28 8:45a – 12:45p at OTC/Richwood Valley Campus 3369 W. Jackson Rd. Nixa

Central Region:


Transition Expo – Rolla Tech Center, Sep 27th, more info to come.

Southeast Region:

Contact Nakita Clay

2nd Annual Transition EXPO “BEYOND THE GOAL”

Wednesday October 10th, 9:00am-1:00pm

Pentecostal Power Church, 4025 S. Ward Ave, Caruthersville.

St. Louis Area:

Contact Karina Crouch

2nd Annual St. Louis City Youth Transition Event – November 16th at St. Louis Community College in Forest Park from 8:45 – 11:45am.


RTN’s across Missouri have planned transition events for your student’s and young adults. If you are an agency and what to be a part of one or all these upcoming Transition events, please contact us! Either by info listed by region or at Make sure to look us up on Facebook and our website as updates and new events will be posted.






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.




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



Additional Information:


For more information about STELLAR or transitioning to adulthood, please contact 800-743-7634 or

How can you help your youth, parents and local community? 
Become an MPACT Transition Mentor

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

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