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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.

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Maria Docherty
Director of Technical Assistance
mdocherty@spanadvocacy.org
(973) 642-8100, ext. 114
Erin Seigh
Transition Coordinator
eseigh@spanadvocacy.org
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: 

New Resource:

Family Guide to Transition Services in New Jersey.  

FREE online options if two different formats:

Online interactive flipbook in English: spanadvocacy.org/NJFamilyTransitionGuide

Downloadable pdf version 

English: spanadvocacy.org/sites/default/files/files/Family%20Guide%20to%20Transition%20Services_0.pdf                        Spanish: spanadvocacy.org/content/NJGuiaFamiliaServiciosTransicion

Additional Resources:

  • Transition Fact Sheet
  • Transition to Adult Healthcare: NJ Action Blueprint Link: www.spanadvocacy.org/content/transition-adult-healthcare-nj-action-blueprint                                                                                  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 Webinars

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. http://familyvoices.org/ncfpp/resources-ncfpp/?sq=&f%5B%5D=youth-leadership

Staff: 

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