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Teens and adults with TSC may be faced with many challenges as they strive for independence and explore their options. It’s important for each of us to discover who we are, what our needs are and what choices are available. Because an individual is challenged with a disability does not mean that his or her needs are any different than other teenagers and adults. Everyone needs goals to reach for and a plan to achieve the goals. A transitional plan is a guide for individuals. The plan must include goals and services needed, based on the individuals needs, preferences and skills. The transition process is a complex one with many decisions to be made.

In conclusion, a student with a disability can increase her or his options by having a good transitional plan. The plan must involve the parents and the student, school officials and community agencies that can help facilitate a smooth passing from one phase of life to the next.

College, Vocational & Career Choices

Career choices for individuals with disabilities are more plentiful today than any other time in our history. The career path begins in high school by selecting the courses that match your future goals. While education beyond high school in the U.S. is optional, it has become a necessary investment in future employment and life satisfaction for many people. Over the years, public and private sources of money have been developed specifically to meet this need. College bound students with disabilities may qualify for financial aid through both federal and state programs. The needs of individuals with disabilities mirror the needs of people in the general community; however, people with disabilities usually have needs that go beyond the normal services provided for the non-disabled individual. They may need unique, specialized supportive services that are provided through state and federal programs. These types of programs provide the disabled individual with expanded access to employment and vocational rehabilitation services, and other related services. The intent of the programs is to enable the beneficiaries to obtain, regain or maintain employment and to reduce their dependency on cash assistance in the future.

Planning Students-Directed Transitions to Adult Life

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