Graduating High School Students with Developmental Disabilities: A Transition to Adulthood

We understand here at Family Partners that those with developmental disabilities may find the transition from high school to adulthood to be difficult and intimidating. This change, with the correct resources and help, may, however, be a positive and beneficial experience. Here are some recommendations for individuals who have developmental disabilities that are graduating from high school:

  1. Establish Realistic Goals: It is important to establish reasonable goals for the future. These objectives may be related to education, employment, or self-sufficiency. It is critical to collaborate with family members, teachers, and counselors to develop a strategy for achieving these objectives.
  2. Explore Your Options: After high school, individuals with developmental disabilities have numerous opportunities. Education, vocational training programs, and jobs are among the possibilities. It is necessary to look into all choices and discover the best fit for each individual’s needs and interests.
  3. Develop Life Skills: It’s absolutely essential to learn life skills like cooking, cleaning, and money management. These abilities can assist those who have developmental disabilities in living independently and achieving their goals.
  4. Seek Support: It is important to seek support from family members, friends, and professionals during the transition from high school to adulthood.   There are several options for people with developmental disabilities. Here at Family Partners, we provide transitional resources and services to help people with developmental disabilities transition from high school to adulthood.


If parents require assistance with this change, they should contact us for transitional resources and services. Family Partners is a qualified vendor through a contract with the Division of Developmental Disabilities that offers adult day programs, developmental homes, home and community-based services, employment services, and transitional assistance. Our team of dedicated individuals are trained to support  and serve children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families.

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