Roadmaps

Welcome to our Transition Roadmaps.

The pages are designed to outline for families a step by step process to coordinate transition services in their states. Many of these services are mandated by law, but too often do not exist in any meaningful way. The pages follow a template that attempts to show which state, local, and national resources should be tied together at what points during the process. As we were searching through various state Department of Education, Department of Developmental Disabilities, and Department of Vocational Rehabilitation websites we learned a few things worth noting:

  • All states have these agencies or departments, but they go by different names in different states. This can be confusing for some people who are looking for resources from a state agency whose name does not seem to exist in their state.
  • There is no shortage of quality documentation about what should happen during transition, and reading the Autism Speaks Transition Toolkit is a great way to start the process. If fact, the more we looked, the more overwhelmed by resources we became. So what we are endeavoring to do here is boil the process down to its bare bones.
  • Some states have robust sites that include publications written specifically for people with autism and the Transition process, usually found in the Department of Education or other school system sites. However, sometimes this type of information is located on the Developmental Disabilities sites. Other states have very few resources devoted to this topic.
  • If you live in a state that has relatively few resources you may wish to “borrow” some of what we consider to be the Best of Breed resources from a few other states. Two resources stand out, in our opinion:
  1. The Thompson Center at the University of Missouri has created a Roadmap to the Future: Transitioning into Adulthood with ASD that has a modular format, some of which are specific to Missouri but many of which are national in scope, such as applying for SSI. The roadmap is quite comprehensive and could be used in conjunction with the AA16 roadmap page of your state.
  2. Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) has created Transitions to Adulthood: Guidelines for Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder , an extensive PDF that rivals the Transition Toolkit for thoroughness and rigor. A more unique offering on their website is a series of Transition webcasts with experts and autism advocates. We highly recommend listening to Gary Tonks talk about Medicaid and Medicaid Waivers, to Gary Iler talk about what the application process for SSI is really like, and to Maureen Iler talk about Community Living Issues.

We will update state pages over time. If you know of quality state-specific resources that we have missed, please send them to us with a line or two about why you find them helpful. 

Good luck navigating Transition in your state.

STOP 1

At Age 16

STOP 2

At Age 17

  • Read our article on Guardianship.
  • Read our articles on Finances, Public and Private.
  • Apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Even if your child receives SSI now, he will have to re-apply at age 18.
  • Visit the Vermont Medicaid to find out if your child will qualify for Medicaid upon turning 18 and if so, begin application process.

STOP 3

One Year Before High School Graduation

STOP 4

At Age 21

All Along the Way

STOP 1

At Age 16

  • Read our article on Transition.
  • Read our articles on Finances, Public and Private.
  • Visit the Utah State Office of Education website. Find out what the requirements for graduation with a regular diploma are. Students in Utah do not have to pass exit exams to graduate.
  • Meet with your child’s IEP team to discuss the Transition Plan. Visit the Wrightslaw website to get a better understanding of your child’s rights at Transition.
  • Ask the school’s Transition Services Coordinator or your chlid’s IEP team leader to contact the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation, Vocational Rehabilitation and request that a representative attend the next IEP meeting. Alternatively, contact them yourself to make the request.
  • Contact the Utah Department of Human Services to find out what supports may be available for your child, at what age your child may apply for services, and how long the waiting list is for those services.
  • Visit the website of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) if you wish to hire someone to help you advocate with your school system.

STOP 2

At Age 17

  • Read our article on Guardianship.
  • Read our articles on Finances, Public and Private.
  • Apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Even if your child receives SSI now, he will have to re-apply at age 18.
  • Visit the Utah Medicaid website to find out if your child will qualify for Medicaid upon turning 18 and if so, begin application process.

STOP 3

One Year Before High School Graduation

STOP 4

At Age 21

All Along the Way

STOP 1

At Age 16

STOP 2

At Age 17

  • Read our article on Guardianship.
  • Read our articles on Finances, Public and Private.
  • Apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Even if your child receives SSI now, he will have to re-apply at age 18.
  • Visit the Texas Medicaid website to find out if your child will qualify for Medicaid upon turning 18 and if so, begin application process.

STOP 3

One Year Before High School Graduation

STOP 4

At Age 21

All Along the Way

STOP 1

At Age 16

STOP 2

At Age 17

  • Read our article on Guardianship.
  • Read our articles on Finances, Public and Private.
  • Apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Even if your child receives SSI now, he will have to re-apply at age 18.
  • Visit the TennCare (Tennesee Medicaid) website to find out if your child will qualify for Medicaid upon turning 18 and if so, begin application process.

STOP 3

One Year Before High School Graduation

STOP 4

At Age 21

All Along the Way

STOP 1

At Age 16

STOP 2

At Age 17

STOP 3

One Year Before High School Graduation

STOP 4

At Age 21

All Along the Way

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At Age 16

STOP 2

At Age 17

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One Year Before High School Graduation

STOP 4

At Age 21

All Along the Way

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At Age 16

STOP 2

At Age 17

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One Year Before High School Graduation

STOP 4

At Age 21

All Along the Way

STOP 1

At Age 16

STOP 2

At Age 17

STOP 3

One Year Before High School Graduation

STOP 4

At Age 21

All Along the Way

STOP 1

At Age 16

STOP 2

At Age 17

  • Read our article on Guardianship.
  • Read our articles on Finances, Public and Private.
  • Apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Even if your child receives SSI now, he will have to re-apply at age 18.
  • Visit the Oregon Health Plan (Oregon Medicaid) website to find out if your child will qualify for Medicaid upon turning 18 and if so, begin application process.

STOP 3

One Year Before High School Graduation

STOP 4

At Age 21

All Along the Way

STOP 1

At Age 16

STOP 2

At Age 17

STOP 3

One Year Before High School Graduation

STOP 4

At Age 21

All Along the Way

STOP 1

At Age 16

  • Read our article on Transition.
  • Read our articles on Finances, Public and Private.
  • Visit the Ohio Department of Education website. Find out what the requirements for graduation with a regular diploma are. Students in Ohio must pass exit exams to graduate.
  • Meet with your child’s IEP team to discuss the Transition Plan. Visit the Wrightslaw website to get a better understanding of your child’s rights at Transition.
  • Ask the school’s Transition Services Coordinator or your chlid’s IEP team leader to contact the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission and request that a representative attend the next IEP meeting. Alternatively, contact them yourself to make the request.
  • Contact the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilites to find out what supports may be available for your child, at what age your child may apply for services, and how long the waiting list is for those services.
  • Visit the website of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) if you wish to hire someone to help you advocate with your school system.

STOP 2

At Age 17

STOP 3

One Year Before High School Graduation

STOP 4

At Age 21

All Along the Way

STOP 1

At Age 16

STOP 2

At Age 17

STOP 3

One Year Before High School Graduation

STOP 4

At Age 21

All Along the Way

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At Age 16

STOP 2

At Age 17

STOP 3

One Year Before High School Graduation

STOP 4

At Age 21

All Along the Way

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At Age 16

STOP 2

At Age 17

STOP 3

One Year Before High School Graduation

STOP 4

At Age 21

All Along the Way

STOP 1

At Age 16

STOP 2

At Age 17

STOP 3

One Year Before High School Graduation

STOP 4

At Age 21

All Along the Way

STOP 1

At Age 16

STOP 2

At Age 17

STOP 3

One Year Before High School Graduation

STOP 4

At Age 21

All Along the Way

STOP 1

At Age 16

STOP 2

At Age 17

  • Read our article on Guardianship.
  • Read our articles on Finances, Public and Private.
  • Apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Even if your child receives SSI now, he will have to re-apply at age 18.
  • Visit the MO HealthNet (Missouri Medicaid) website to find out if your child will qualify for Medicaid upon turning 18 and if so, begin application process.

STOP 3

One Year Before High School Graduation

STOP 4

At Age 21

All Along the Way

STOP 1

At Age 16

STOP 2

At Age 17

STOP 3

One Year Before High School Graduation

STOP 4

At Age 21

All Along the Way

STOP 1

At Age 16

STOP 2

At Age 17

STOP 3

One Year Before High School Graduation

STOP 4

At Age 21

All Along the Way

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At Age 16

STOP 2

At Age 17

STOP 3

One Year Before High School Graduation

  • Read our article on Postsecondary planning. Start considering and visiting programs.
  • Read the Turning 22 Legislative Reports about Transition Planning in Massachusetts. 
  • Read our article on Employment.

STOP 4

At Age 21

All Along the Way

STOP 1

At Age 16

STOP 2

At Age 17 

STOP 3

One Year Before High School Graduation

STOP 4

At Age 21

All Along the Way

STOP 1

At Age 16

STOP 2

At Age 17

  • Read our article on Guardianship.
  • Read our articles on Finances, Public and Private.
  • Apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Even if your child receives SSI now, he will have to re-apply at age 18.
  • Visit the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Maryland Medical Programs (Maryland Medicaid) to find out if your child will qualify for Medicaid upon turning 18 and if so, begin application process. 

STOP 3

One Year Before High School Graduation

STOP 4

At Age 21

All Along the Way

STOP 1

At Age 16

  • Read our article on Transition.
  • Read our articles on Finances, Public and Private.
  • Visit the Maine Department of Education website. Find out what the requirements for graduation with a regular diploma are. There are no mandatory exit exams in Maine.
  • Meet with your child’s IEP team to discuss the Transition Plan. Visit the Wrightslaw website to get a better understanding of your child’s rights at Transition.
  • Ask the school’s Transition Services Coordinator or your chlid’s IEP team leader to contact the Maine Bureau of Rehabilitative Services, Vocational Rehabilitation division and request that a representative attend the next IEP meeting. Alternatively, contact them yourself to make the request. The VR Consumer Handbook provides a downloadable guide for high school students and their parents.
  • Contact the Maine Developmental Services to find out what supports may be available for your child, at what age your child may apply for services, and how long the waiting list is for those services.
  • Visit the website of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) if you wish to hire someone to help you advocate with your school system.

STOP 2

At Age 17

STOP 3

One Year Before High School Graduation

STOP 4

At Age 21

All Along the Way

STOP 1

At Age 16

STOP 2

At Age 17

STOP 3

One Year Before High School Graduation

STOP 4

At Age 21

All Along the Way