Transitioning into Adulthood
Ball State University
Chosen location: California
One resource available to families is the Rowell Family Empowerment of Northern California (RFENC). The mission of RFENC is to empower people with diverse abilities to successful navigation of the systems that serve them. RFENC offers trainings for transition goals, diploma certification, self-advocacy and family empowerment, and alternatives to college. They prioritize person-centered planning and student-led IEPs.
www.empoweryourfamily.org/support-for-children-ages-13-26-2/ Phone: 530-226-5129
Another resource for families is through the California Department of Health Care Services. One aspect of the services provides a caregiver resource center to provide long-term care to adults who may require more help. Some of those services include family consultation and care planning, respite care, short-term counseling, support groups, etc. Caregiver resource center services provides services at low or no cost to families. http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/MH/Pages/AdultsCaregiverResourceCenters.aspx
Moving Forward Towards Independence is another resource available to families. This program provides an environment that maintains a balance of challenges and support by fostering growth in social, vocational, and interpersonal skills. Moving Forward Towards Independence works in partnership with residents and their families, offering a safe, caring, and responsive community where young adults can lead productive, fulfilling lives. They offer individualized resident case plans that are customized to include the spectrum of the resident’s needs. They offer structured classes, organize social events, have full-time job specialists, and integration with outside community activities. Contact Rhonda Daniels, Executive Director at (707) 259-1125.
One college that is available and supportive to students with ASD is Fresno State. They have a Wayfinders program, which is an inclusive postsecondary program for young adults 18-28 with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Wayfinders focuses on independent living skills and self-advocacy skills.
Phone: (559) 278-0390
Project SEARCH, www.projectsearch.us, has a website with links to states where their services are available. The Project SEARCH Training Institute provides tools to maximize employment outcomes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. There is also information on how to get involved and be a job coach. Project SEARCH helps families by providing real life work experience as well as transition services from high school to adult life. To find services in a specific area of California, the families will need to locate the resource closest to their residence.
Miller Career and Transition Center is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District (L.A.U.S.D.). They provide employment-based training for interns with disabilities, as well as on the job training and onsite training to prepare young adults to transition to an internship. Part of their program is to assess interns and screen for job readiness, interests, and abilities. Placements are monitored by a job coordinator. There is a link for parents titled, “The Role of the Family in the Transition Process”, that has helpful information and guidelines. https://www.google.com/search?q=miller+career+and+transition+center;rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS746US748;oq=miller+career+;aqs=chrome.5.69i57j0l5.8292j0j7;sourceid=chrome;ie=UTF-8
California Autism Foundation, www.calautism.org. CAF offers educational and vocational programs. There is an ABC School (6-22), an ABC Adult Day Program (18+), employment programs, and residential programs. CAF’s mission is to provide people with autism and other developmental disabilities a lifetime of support. CAF provides a full-service support system to helps families use a continuum of resources from childhood to adulthood.
Another resource for families is on the Northern California Preparatory School website, ncpsschool.com/wp. NCPS has a link to transitional services as well as a Parent Corner page that has a monthly newsletter to keep parents connected to school events. Transition services begin at 16. The Transition Program is from 18-22. There is also an Independent Living Services Program. They’re located at:6046 Lemon Hill Ave. Sacramento, CA 95824 Phone: (916) 383-6222
Another resource for families is the UCP of Sacramento and Northern California. This website offers financial assistance for individuals with disabilities. They have links to various websites aiding with college scholarships, medical care and technology equipment.
http://www.ucpsacto.org/resources/one-stop-resource-guide/4350 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95841 (916) 565-7700
One last resource is at the UC Davis Mind Institute. There is a website that has a resource page that links to a section on transitioning into adulthood. Included in the website are pages to college, employment, housing, and volunteering links. The link topics include a workbook for parents and a pdf on going to college, and more. The website has collected information from around the US on their site for the convenience of California residents.
http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/mindinstitute/index.htmlAddress: 2825 50th Street
Sacramento, CA 95817