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Designed for Massachusetts parents and adolescents with special health needs, this booklet provides information on the transition to adulthood. It covers four major areas of adulthood: health care, education, employment, and recreation. It includes: (1) a family fact sheet on health care transition that explains important issues and lists practical steps that should be addressed in adolescence; (2) information for adolescents on becoming their own health care advocates; (3) tips for creating an effective educational transition plan; (4) information for adolescents on taking charge of their education; (5) suggestions for planning for employment; (6) information for adolescents on preparing for a job; (7) tips for creating rewarding recreational experiences; (8) information for adolescents on making friends, enjoying recreation in their community, and having fun at home; (9) Internet resources on transition; (10) suggestions for communicating with doctors and other health care providers; (11) a checklist for planning for education after high school; (12) potential consultants to the transition team; (13) agency resources relating to transition planning; (14) Massachusetts state resources; (15) information on Social Security Income work incentives; (16) a checklist for planning for employment; and (17) a summary of the laws related to adolescent transition. (Contains 31 references.) (CR)

Descriptors: Adolescents, Check Lists, College Preparation, Disabilities, Educational Legislation, Educational Planning, Employment, Federal Legislation, Health Services, Individualized Transition Plans, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Education, Parent Participation, Recreational Activities, Resources, Secondary Education, Self Advocacy, Self Determination, Special Health Problems, Student Rights, Transitional Programs

Institute for Community Inclusion/UAP, Children's Hospital, 300 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02115. Tel: 617-355-6506; Tel: 617-355-6956 (TTY); Web site:

Author: Porter, Stephanie; Freeman, Linda; Griffin, Lynne Reeves


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