Recommendations: Transitions from Youth to Adult Systems

Transition From Youth to Adult Systems / Recommendations / Current Activities in GA

Recommendation 1:

Provide accurate and up-to-date information on transition and autism for Georgia families through both the Autism Resource Center phone-line and website, and the regional centers recommended under Area 4.

  • Objective 1a: Work with existing Statewide Transition Steering Committee to develop a resource bank of transition strategies and information to educate students and parents about transition options prior to participating in the middle to high school transition IEP meeting.
  • Objective 1b: Work with Statewide Transition Steering Committee to develop trainings for families, individuals, and providers on the transition process, community resources, post- secondary opportunities, funding/waivers, assistive technology, transportation, medical homes, housing/residential support, guardianship, in-home and family support, and job support.
  • Objective 1c: Develop, implement, and evaluate training targeted to school transition departments (including Transition Specialists, Lead Teachers, counselors and Parent Mentors) to familiarize providers with community resources for the students and families they support.

Recommendation 2:

Support the current efforts in Georgia to provide training for primary care primary practitioners on medical homes, the need for early transition planning, and supporting patients diagnosed with autism and their families through the transition process.

  • Objective 2a: Develop trainings with the Georgia Chapter of the AAP and Georgia AFP to ensure providers are informed and understand the transition from pediatric to adult medical services.

Recommendation 3:

Ensure preferences of students, parents, and families are included in transition IEP meetings.

  • Objective 3a: Provide training in self-determination and self-advocacy curriculum for students in middle school and high school.
  • Objective 3b: Expand existing efforts, such as ASPIRE (student-led IEP) and Partnerships for Success Leadership classes, to provide students with autism education about their diagnosis, their rights and responsibilities, and options for post-secondary education and employment.
Last Updated 03/07/14