Parents, you are present in your child's life before, during, and after public schooling, whereas your child's teachers are only involved for a short time. Because of this, you have a very important role during your child’s transition process. When you have a good understanding of transition, you are better able to support your child in developing and implementing a plan to achieve their goals after high school. Although the transition period is an exciting time in your child's life, it is also a time when you may have many questions and concerns about your child's future, including:
- What happens when my child turns 18 years old?
- Can my young adult receive accommodations or modifications in college?
- Are programs available to help my young adult find a job?
- What community resources are available for adults with disabilities?
- What should I do if my adult child needs therapy after they graduate?
- If my child needs 24-hour supervision or care, will I have to quit working to care for my child when they become an adult?
The good news is there are people and organizations to help you and your child with the transition to adult life. For example, every school district in Texas is required to have a Transition and Employment Designee, known as a TED. The TED oversees the transition program at their district or charter school. You can locate the TED for your school district or charter school at the Legal Framework site linked in the sidebar.