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Independent Living/Skills

Transition is the journey from high school to adult life. Transition planning should begin when you are 14 years old or even earlier (or later if you haven't started yet!). Transition planning includes your goals for working, learning, and living once you leave high school. The process is based on your needs and should consider your strengths, preferences, and interests. All students (and families) should plan for life after high school. You should also consider what supports and accommodations you might need at your job, school, home, or community.

Career Planning (Working): What jobs or careers interest you? What knowledge, skills and experience do you need to obtain a job in your chosen field? There are many people who can help you gain work experience, training, or other assistance along the way.

Education Planning (Learning): What training or education do you need after high school? Consider where you want to go to school, how to pay for it, and what courses you should take before leaving high school.

Independent Living (Living): Where do you want to live after high school? Will you be in a college dorm, apartment, or at home? What type of assistance will you need? Managing money, navigating transportation, cooking, and home repairs are all skills you may need.


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Click to view interactive lessons on everyday life skills.

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Adult instructing teens on job site

Workplace Readiness/Soft Skills

What "soft skills" are employers looking for in their employees?

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Personal Finances and Money Management

Learn about financial recordkeeping and developing a budget.

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Doctor consulting teen

Managing Your Health

Take an active role in managing your health care.

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Benefits

Benefits

Learn about SSI/SSDI and Medicaid/Medicare Benefits.

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Young adult and kids volunteering

Personal Needs & Community Participation

Find out about housing/transportation options and participating in your community.

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Independent living related activities.

Browse some resources designed to help you develop your skills for living, working and community participation.

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Who can help me?

WorkForce WV
Workforce WV offers valuable employment and training services to help you with your job hunt.

WV Division of Rehabilitation Services
WV Division of Rehabilitation Services counselors can help high school students with disabilities prepare and plan for their working future.

WV Adult Education
WV Adult Education helps adult learners gain skills needed to obtain a job, advance in their current job, or enter a new career field. The core academics include reading, mathematics, English, and computer skills.