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People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) may need extra support or skill-building to live full, meaningful, and connected adult lives. This can make the transition to adulthood very complex for youth with ID/DD and their families.

The Wisconsin Integrated Transition Planning Project aims to improve transition planning for Wisconsin youth with ID/DD. It brings together self advocates, family members, and people who work in education, employment, and healthcare. They work together to improve and simplify the transition planning process by promoting integrated transition planning.

Integrated transition planning is when youth with ID/DD, their family members and service providers thoughtfully map out and prepare for the youth’s life as an adult.  It integrates planning for the youth’s education, work, and healthcare to achieve their goals as an adult. Ideally, this planning occurs throughout childhood with more focused planning as the child becomes a teen.

The Wisconsin Integrated Transition Planning Project focuses extra attention on helping families who face more barriers in accessing services. These barriers are often due to lack of money, health insurance, or nearby services and supports.

Health Care Transition ECHO Virtual Training Series

Registration is now open for the Waisman Center’s Health Care Transition ECHO virtual training series. This free, national 6-session series will be offered March to May 2024 11:30am – 1:00pm CST on the 2nd & 4th Fridays of each month. Health care transition (HCT) is the process of preparing youth and young adults for the transition to a healthy adulthood.

This ECHO is for health care providers across the US who work with youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Participants will learn and share strategies to support youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to direct their own transition from pediatric to adult care and a healthy adulthood.

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