Transitions occur throughout life. They are the natural changes we experience as we grow, age and mature. Transitions can be joyful, enriching experience such as marriage, jobs and parenthood. They can also be maturing and life-changing such as the death of a parent, spouse or other loved one.

Self Determination Skills and Successful Transitions to Adulthood

Self-determination is the belief that all individuals have the right to direct their own lives. Students who have self-determination skills have a stronger chance of being successful in making the transition to adulthood, including employment and independence. Transition services must be based on student needs and take into account student interests and preferences. To accomplish this goal, students must be prepared to participate in planning for their future.

Be Your Own Best Advocate

ND Self Advocacy Groups:

  1. The Arc of Cass County
    215 North University Drive
    Fargo, ND 58102
    701-293-8191 or fax 701-293-3095
  1. Self-Advocacy Solutions (SAS)
    Listen, Inc.
    1407 24th Ave. S.; #100
    Grand Forks, ND 58201
  1. Northern Lights Self-Advocacy
    c/o Donnada Agnes
    1305 Kemp Ave. SE
    Devils Lake, ND 58301
  1. Red River Valley Self Advocacy Group
    Developmental Center
    Maplewood #1
    Grafton, ND 58237
    Phone: (701) 352-4416
  1. The Arc of Bismarck
    P.O. Box 2081
    Bismarck ND 58502-2081

10 Steps to Self-Determination

National Gateway to Self-Determination

Transition to Adulthood

In order for students with disabilities to prepare for their future, there needs to be sound transition planning beginning at age 14 and continuing until the student leaves school. Each plan is highly individualized and should include planning in the areas of post-secondary education, vocational education, employment (including supported employment), income, social security and medical insurance, living arrangements, leisure time activities, situational assessments, independent living skills, as well as provide opportunities for the student to become familiar with his/her home community. Each student will require different types of support in order to realize his/her dreams for the future.

FVND Transition Notebook

Transition Notebook for Youth to keep track of appointments and resources

Speaking Up For Yourself, Self Advocacy Tips for Youth

Growing Up-Healthcare Transition for Youth

HRTW/checklist for youth on health and wellness

FVND Parent Transition Worksheet

Kids As Self Advocates