Transition Guide – Independent Living (Community Participation)


  • Where do you want to live as an adult?
  • What kind of supports will you need for transportation, medical issues, daily living and leisure time activities, and how will you pay for what you need?
  • How will you maintain and increase your social work?

Aged 10-12

  • Eat healthy and exercise
  • Engage in extracurricular/community activities
  • Encourage friendships and understand what it means to be a good friend
  • Use assistive technology

Aged 12-14

  • State your health care requirements and medication needs
  • Continue and expand engagement in extracurricular/community activities
  • Establish relationships (peers, friends, mentors)
  • Learn about resources in your community that can help you
  • Practice safe and suitable technology use.

Aged 14-15

  • Implement a time/money management pan
  • Explore transportation options (practice mobility skills)
  • Understand health/medical needs
  • Be informed of issues related to sexuality
  • Engage in community opportunities (community service, faith-based activities, youth groups, etc.)

Aged 15-16

  • Describe what adult agencies can help you and connect with these agencies
  • Continue to develop healthy relationships that have a positive impact on your future
  • Understand what in the community is important to you and for you and further engage in these activities
  • Assess and know how to access transportation options.

Aged 16-17

  • Begin assuming and transfer of responsibility for health needs
  • Continue making healthy choices
  • Continue community involvement ensuring healthy lifestyle choices and understanding of risk behaviors
  • Continue involvement with the adult agencies that will assist you
  • Develop financial literacy skills
  • Describe potential changes to current benefits if employed

Aged 18-21

  • Develop a plan for a balanced life (time management, school, work, leisure)
  • Register for selective service/register to vote
  • Finalize independent living arrangements and community connections
  • Engage with adult supports to ensure a coordination of services