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Tips for Transitioning Into Adulthood over the Summer

For youth transitioning into adulthood, it’s an exciting time, but it can leave you with questions. Our Associate Director, Robin Jones, M.S., M.Ed, has tips for a successful transition into adulthood over the summer.

  • Register for Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)
    VR is a federal-state program that helps people who have disabilities understand the options available to find, get, or keep a better job. If employment is your goal, and you are not already registered with Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), this is a great place to start. Els for Autism is a VR provider and has a suite of Employment Programs and Services.
  • Become a Self-Advocate
    Enrolling in a Self-Advocacy Training course prepare individuals on how to communicate their strengths, abilities, interest better, and needs when interviewing with potential employers or applying to trade schools, colleges, or universities. Our self advocacy training is available to transition aged youth, ages 14 – 21.
  • Get to know your available Social Services, Funding, and Resources
    Learning about the many social services, funding, and resources available to individuals with autism transitioning to adulthood will help you prepare for post-secondary life. To learn more visit the websites below.
    Medicaid Waiver: Agency for Persons with Disabilities
    Vocational Rehab Services: Vocational Rehabilitation
    SSI: Social Security Administration
    Transportation: Palm Tran Connection
    Additional Resources: Florida Atlantic University Center for Autism and Related Disorders (FAU CARD)