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Transition services for young adults with developmental disabilities entering adulthood.
Graduating from school is an important milestone in life for young adults with disabilities. Adjusting from a school setting to adult life can be exciting and scary at the same time, but it is easier with a good plan.
PAI provides transition services for young adults with developmental disabilities including intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorder and traumatic brain injury that are graduating from school and entering adult services.
To support a smooth transition into adult services, PAI works with the schools during a student’s last year to develop an individualized plan to meet that person’s needs.
The last year of school passes quickly, so it is important to plan ahead. PAI encourages parents and caregivers to begin discussing “What comes next?” about a year before a student graduates. Engaging PAI early in the transition planning and throughout the decision making process is important so we can:
Meet the individual, family/guardians
Meet the student in the school setting
Assist the student’s team with transition planning as part of the IEP process
Work with the school to develop a transition plan that addresses specific individual needs and goals
Our staff works collaboratively with support teams so that from their first day at PAI, new clients experience a smooth, comfortable transition. PAI staff members coordinate with parents, secondary schools, and/or residential providers to develop a transition plan tailored to each client’s specific needs. During this process, staff members spend time in the classroom or at the residence with the referred individual to assess the services desired and what supports are needed when a person enters PAI. We want every transition to be a success.