HOW TO SUPPORT TRANSITION AGE YOUTH

  • Help your child to improve self-confidence by encouraging them to be independent and participate in making choices for themselves
  • Discuss interests and skills, as they relate to potential jobs with your child
  • Practice professional skills (shaking hands, making eye contact, positive attitude, dressing nicely, etc)
  • Share your personal work experiences (both positive and negative) with your child
  • Encourage life skills that will be important to employers (timeliness, following directions, attendance, self-care, etc)
  • Talk with your child about their employment goals and encourage them to research jobs they may be interested in doing
  • Don’t wait until your child in 18 years old to have a plan. Your child should be working on transition goals by 14 years of age
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Assistive Technology Resources

​AZTap (Arizona Technology Access Program) Connecting people with disabilities with the assistive technology they need to participate as fully as possible in activities that matter to them.

SALT (The Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques Center) – Comprehensive academic support program for U of A students who learn differently.

​Arizona Department of Education – Serving Arizona’s education community, ensuring every child has access to an excellent education.

Transportation Resources​​

Sun Van – Available to individuals with disabilities with a current ADA Eligibility Card issued by the City of Tucson.

Sun Tran – People can set up their travel needs by using Sun Tran, Sun Shuttle, and the new Sun Link streetcar.

Discount Cab – certifies drivers to provide mobility/wheelchair-accommodating transportation for those with disabilities.

National Resources

Pacer Center PACER Center enhances the quality of life and expands opportunities for children, youth, and young adults with all disabilities and their families so each person can reach his or her highest potential. PACER operates on the principles of parents helping parents, supporting families, promoting a safe environment for all children, and working in collaboration with others.

Think College – Think College is a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disability. With a commitment to equity and excellence, Think College supports evidence-based and student-centered research and practice by generating and sharing knowledge, guiding institutional change, informing public policy, and engaging with students, professionals and families.

WorkforceGPS – An online technical assistance website created to help build the capacity of America’s public workforce investment system. Sponsored by the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor, WorkforceGPS was developed specifically for workforce professionals, educators, and business leaders. Here you will find curated communities of interest, useful webinars and other training resources, promising workforce development practices, and relevant evidence-based research – giving you the tools you need to help you create innovative approaches to improve the employment prospects of job seekers. 

Local and state Resources

Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL)  The ACDL is a not for profit public interest law firm, dedicated to the provision of vital legal services to children and adults with disabilities
 
The Arc of Tucson – Our mission is to open the community for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. We are committed to speaking up for their rights and educating the public about the value that persons with disabilities bring to our society
 
Autism Society – The Autism Society of Southern AZ (ASSA)  is an affiliate of the Autism Society of America, the largest grass-roots autism organization in the United States. ASSA  is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to Improve the Lives of All Affected by Autism.
​Sonoran UCEDD – University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) exist in every state to serve as a resource for people in the areas of education, research and service relative to the needs of people with developmental disabilities.
DIRECT – DIRECT Center for Independence, Inc. is a consumer-directed, community-based advocacy organization that promotes independent living, and offers a variety of programs for all people with disabilities, which encourages them to achieve their full potential and to participate in the community.​​
 
Driving To Independence – This agency facilitates mobility and independence in the community through safe driver skills. They do this by providing Driver Evaluation, Training, Vehicle Assessment and Recommendations specific to each driver’s needs.