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.
What "soft skills" are employers looking for in their employees?
Learn about financial recordkeeping and developing a budget.
Find out about housing/transportation options and participating in your community.
Browse some resources designed to help you develop your skills for living, working and community participation.
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.
From this one site, students and parents can then find a Center for Independent Living in their area. Centers for Independent Living are great resources for individuals with disabilities in the areas of self-advocacy, peer support, and so much more.
Check out It’s My Move – a collection of resources, tools, and opportunities to help you on your journey.