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"Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go;
they merely determine where you start."
~ Nido Qubein
Transition from school to the adult world takes on special importance for youth with disabilities. When high school ends, so does a youth's entitlement to special education and related services. Needed services and supports must be coordinated. The options can seem confusing and overwhelming at times. The items on this page are designed to help give you the resources and information you need to navigate through this very important life transition.
What Can YOU Do? The Campaign for Disability Employment
Work is an important part of people’s lives. It means more than just getting paid. It means being able to make your own choices about how you want to live your life.
At work, it’s what people can do that matters. If you are a young person with a disability, only you can decide your limits. You can work in a wide variety of jobs and play an important role in America’s economy.
Today more than ever, businesses need people who can think differently about how to solve problems and get the job done. People with disabilities do this in America’s workplaces every day – and so can you. So set your sights high!
Talk to your counselor and/or advisor at school to find out about and take advantage of the resources are available to help you seek employment, succeed on the job, and understand your right to be judged on your ability, not disability.
Check out the What You Can Do website for more information.
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Midstate Independent Living Center
Independent Living Center serves 11 counties in Northeast Wisconsin. Model home is a showcase of assistive technology, loan closet, resource assistance, advocacy for individuals with all disabilities and ages.
Children With Special Health Care Needs Online Resource Directory
Online directory of resources to help children and youth with special needs, their families, and service providers.
Northern Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
Information and links to get your questions answered about your childs special health care needs.
Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA-8)
Transition Services office located in Gillett, Wisconsin.
National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
Coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities.
WI Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
WI DVR serves persons with disabilities with employment services and counseling and training and technical assistance to employers regarding disability employment issues.
WI Family Assistance Center for Education, Training and Support
Also known as Wisconsin FACETS. Resource for children and adults with disabilities and their families.
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Transition Information and Resources
Wisconsin Statewide Transition Initiative
Information about transition coordinators located in each of the 12 Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESA)
Wisconsin Youth First
Unique website developed by youth, for youth. Wisconsin friends can keep in touch, about school, work and leadership activities.
Wisconsin's Collaborative Systems of Care
Resource for anyone involved with assisting adolescents with emotional or behavioral difficulties with their transition to adulthood.
Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities
The board was established to advocate on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities, foster welcoming and inclusive communities, and improve the disability service system.
American with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Family Care Program Expansion Map
Map illustrating the progress and timing of Family Care Program expansion in Wisconsin