Planning the Future for Your Child with a Disability: The purpose of this website is to give parents and others who support young people with disabilities some tips, resources and practical information to help plan for the transition to life as an adult.
Everyone dreams that their child will have a full life, complete with meaningful activities, friendships, financial security and a home to live in, regardless of their ability. For parents who have children with disabilities, this requires extra planning and action.
Planning early helps to create options that will reflect the needs of your family and child. There are financial incentives for families of all income levels such as the Registered Disability Savings Plan. Planning also involves thinking creatively so that you can build on the skills, interests and strengths of your child to develop natural connections in your community.
In Windsor and Essex County (Ontario), families and service providers have come together to think about what information families need to help plan. All secondary schools have information such as the transition planning checklist available to help you think about areas to build on. This list gives practical information about topics to think about at different ages and stages in the journey. To obtain a copy ask your special education teacher or Learning Support Teacher. If you are involved with an agency that is helping you with supports like Special Services at Home you can also talk to the person you work with there to talk about next steps. It’s always great to talk to other parents, so you are encouraged to come out to community events to hear information, ask questions, meet others in similar situations and listen to stories that will give you ideas.