The KEYS to Transition

A Resource Checklist and Personal Inventory to help individuals with epilepsy, their families, friends and caregivers through the process of transitioning to life after high school.

Effective transition planning requires a team of inspired individuals. The young person, their family, school staff, program providers, community members, and friends- everyone must work together to make sure the transition into adult life is a positive experience.

Please utilize the materials provided here to facilitate this process.  The checklists below are a great way to get started and track progress. The resources have been brought together in one place for your benefit.  A successful transition requires determination, patience and a touch of creativity.  We want to be by your side through this process, so please explore!

Remember, transition is not an event, it’s a process.

A Comprehensive Transition Plan: It’s BASIC! 

B-Be prepared to make changes to the plan, repeat certain steps, or adapt to changes in health or personality! Remember, transition is not an event, it’s a process!
A-Assessments help the planning process. Obtain current social and educational assessments from school, doctors, therapists, community partners.
S- Set goals and write them into plans with your doctor.
I- Identify some individuals who you can invite to assist you with transition planning (teachers, school nurse, doctor, or local advocates)
C-Commit to Success or nothing!  A successful transition into adult life requires commitment from the whole team.

There are three main goals to keep in mind as you plan for transition:
Higher Education or Training, Employment, and Independent Living.

Education It is important to remember that, once a student graduates from high school or reaches the age of 21, she/he is no longer entitled to services through the educational system.  That young person must apply and meet eligibility requirements for services provided by adult agencies.  That means employment offices, social services, and college office of disability programs.

Employment Quality volunteering or employment is essential for a successful transition.  However, transitioning to work starts long before the resume and job interview.  Young adults who have practiced workplace social skills, received experience or training, and are motivated to succeed are equipped to take this step. It is important to remember that the job won’t find you, you’ll find the job!

Click here to view the Vocational & Educational Checklist

Independent Living Living an independent lifestyle means making decisions, socializing and enjoying life.  Everyone deserves the chance to pursue the life they want and transition planning is a crucial first step.  Young people who manage their own medical needs are well on the way to taking charge of their health.  A young person who can talk with friends and family about their epilepsy is well-informed and a self-advocate.

Click here to view the Medical Management Checklist.

Click here for the Personal & Social Checklist

Have more questions? Feel free to contact Steve Ference, sference@efepa.org for more information.

 

Information and checklists were adapted from: “Transition to Adult Living in Pennsylvania” PA Department of Health &   “Issues & Answers: Exploring Your Possibilites, A guide for Teens and Young Adults with Epilepsy- Epilepsy Foundation of America.
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