Graduation

After high school, your child may choose to pursue further education, go into the workforce or seek out a different living arrangement. No matter what they decide to do next, this newfound independence can present challenges and opportunities for young people with developmental disabilities. You may have discussed some of these prospects with your child and his or her IEP team before graduation. Whatever path your child takes, there are steps regarding medical and legal rights to be considered as your child transitions to adulthood.

Tips for transition planning

The following recommendations can help create a smoother transition to adulthood for young people with developmental disabilities:

 

Career exploration

Goodwill Community Campus

Employment, education and family strengthening services.
408 9th St. SW
Canton, OH 44707
Local: (330) 994-1443
Toll free: 1 (800) 942-3577
Toll free: 1 (800) 942-3577
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OhioMeansJobs

Serving Stark County employers and job seekers with access to all community partner programs, education, training, counseling and employment opportunities. Visit the website to learn more.
822 30th St. NW
Canton, OH 44709
Phone: (330) 433-9675
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Ohio Department of Disabilities

Start a search for waiver-funded service providers offering transportation, housing, day services and more.

SARTA Proline Services

Transportation services for passengers with ADA-recognized disabilities throughout Stark County. Visit the website to learn more.
1600 Gateway Blvd. SE
Canton, OH 44707
Phone: (330) 455-2292
Helpful resources

A Guide to Transition Services

Resources from Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities to help students move from school to the workforce.

Stark DD Navigation Tool 

Guiding the journey from birth to adulthood for people in Stark County with developmental disabilities.