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Transition to Adulthood: Working Together to Integrate Our Youth Into the Community


The transition from school to adulthood is an exciting yet challenging progression that occurs in every young adult’s life. For young adults with developmental disabilities and their families, this transition can seem overwhelming. So in early February, a group of individuals representing the organizations that provide services and supports that help with this transition came together to share how they can help facilitate the next big steps in a youth’s life.

Nearly 30 families attended “Strategies for Students: Transition Into the Community.” The presentation simultaneously provided in three languages covered:

  • What is adulthood transition;
  • Knowledge on federal and state special education laws, which require transition planning to start by the time the student reaches the age of 16, though many school districts are beginning at 14 or younger, if appropriate;
  • How to obtain supports and services through the IEP/ITP process to prepare students to move from school to adulthood and help the young adult reach social and economic independence;
  • An overview of LAUSD District Office of Transition Services (LAUSD DOTS) and their support during the process, with a look into LAUSD post-high school career and transition programs for students on the alternate curriculum;
  • What regional centers can do to further post-secondary education, employment and/or independent living skills;
  • What inclusion opportunities are available and how to request them;
  • Helpful strategies for successful inclusion into the community.

Presenters/Panelists included (pictured above left to right, excluding Marjan Kermani):

  • Marjan Kermani, Special Education Attorney, Lanterman Special Education Law Clinic
  • Lela Rondeau, Coordinator, LAUSD District Office of Transition
  • Jaman Whittington, Transition Specialist, LAUSD Career and Transition Centers
  • Helane Schultz and Lissette Gomez, Regional Managers, Lanterman Regional Center

“It was an evening full of information and discussion, with many now having the knowledge to continue on a journey they are more versed to take,” shares Kermani.

Mark your calendars for additional opportunities to learn more about the transition to adulthood:

  • Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
    IEP, Inclusion and Transition to Adulthood
    View more information online.
  • Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Adulthood Transition
    More information to come.