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Transition from School to Adult Life

SPAN’s Transition from School to Adult Life project will provide information, training and technical assistance for youth, their families and professionals in order to support informed and effective transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities.

SPAN's Transition to Adult Life programs include:

  • Assistance for youth with disabilities aged 14 through 21: Information on rights, roles responsibilities and requirements regarding transition services under federal disability laws and New Jersey State Special Education code.
  • Workshops and publications on best practices in transition planning and strategies for improving student outcomes during high school and beyond.
  • Technical assistance for students with Individualized Education Plans or 504 accommodation plans.
  • Publications available in print, electronic and audio formats.



Maria Docherty
Director of Technical Assistance
(973) 642-8100, ext. 114
Erin Seigh
Transition Coordinator
What families/professions are saying about this project: 

"With your help, I was able to get my youth the transition services he needed to graduate and to get accepted into community college.  Now he can advocate for himself!"

"SPAN's transition to adult life resources are comprehensive and useful whether you are a parent, a teacher, or a doctor or other healthcare provider.  Trainings, videos, Public Service Announcements for and by youth, and written materials in English and Spanish, give parents and professionals all we need to know to help our kids maximize their potential!"

Key Resources of Interest: 
  • Transition Fact Sheet
  • The Family Guide to Transition Servies in New Jersey
  • Transition to Adulthood:  SPAN's On-Line Guide for Students and Families
  • Recorded Transition Teleconferences.  Listen online or download to your IPod and MP3 player:
  • Young people with disabilities from all over New Jersey are preparing each day as students, family and community members to become integrated and participating members of society.  With that in mind, a group of dedicated parents, self-advocates, and professionals from the New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education (NJCIE) Action Group, Transition-Subcommittee, collaborated to produce a video which would share information on creating smooth transitions from high school to adulthood and increase understanding of inclusive post-secondary opportunities for young people with disabilities.  YES I CAN!  So Can YOU! is the culmination of their efforts.  Check it out at

  • Title: Transition to Adult Healthcare: NJ Action Blueprint

    Description: This guide, developed by the Boggs Center University Center of Excellence on Develpmental Disabilities in collaboration with the NJ Developmental Disabilities Transition to Health Care Forum (including SPAN and other members of NJ's Community of Care Consortium for CYSHCN), provides an overview of the barriers and recommendations to achieve patient-centered medical care for emerging adults with disabilities.


Youth Leadership Webinar

Leadership is a Journey: A Series for Youth Self-Advocates:  Webinar series that supports the identification of leadership as a journey and support understanding and learning in key leadership development areas.


Contact our SPAN Warm-Line, 800-654-7726,  for individual technical assistance or to find out about upcoming workshops.