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Youth in Transition

Graduating from High School to a New Life

Just like your classmates, as a student with a disability, you face many questions about your life after high school graduation. What is your dream job? How can you get that job? Will I need more schooling? Will you still have a guardian after you turn 18? What kind of benefits do you qualify for? 

You and your family need answers to these and many other important questions. While you’re still in school, share your goals, ideas and questions with your Support and Service Coordinator. He or she has the experience to help you start making plans for life after graduation. 

To help you learn about what’s ahead, Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services (DHS) provides information on making the transition to adult services as smoothly as possible. 

Once you turn 17 ½, your local ADRC can provide comprehensive, unbiased information to help you make decisions. 


Free program
Join the Wisconsin Statewide Parent Educator Initiative (WSPEI) for YiPPE--an opportunity for youth with disabilities and their parents to learn about the transition process in a unique way! This free program consists of five weekend sessions--one in October, December, January, March and April. Youth with disabilities learn to make their own decisions, get involved in their school and community, learn about self-advocacy and self-determination and prepare for work and or college. Parents plan for their youth's future, learn about transition topics, learn about valuable resources, and become part of a network of parents who have youth with disabilities.