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Preparing for Life After High School

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Have you seen our ads on TV or heard them on the radio? We received a grant to help us get the word out to help more people of Brown County know about their ADRC and what it can do for them. Take a look at this ADRC ad and tell your friends about us!

Transition from school to the adult world takes on special importance for youth with disabilities. When high school ends, so does their entitlement to special education and related services. Needed services and supports must be coordinated. The options can seem confusing and overwhelming at times. The items on this page are designed to help give you the resources and information you need to navigate through this very important life transition.

In addition ADRC Information & Assistance and Benefit Specialist are here to assist you, to be part of your team to help make your transition from high school to your future as an adult a success.

What Can YOU Do? The Campaign for Disability Employment
What Can YOU Do?
Work is an important part of people’s lives. It means more than just getting paid. It means being able to make your own choices about how you want to live your life.

At work, it’s what people can do that matters. If you are a young person with a disability, only you can decide your limits. You can work in a wide variety of jobs and play an important role in America’s economy.

Today more than ever, businesses need people who can think differently about how to solve problems and get the job done. People with disabilities do this in America’s workplaces every day – and so can you. So set your sights high!

Talk to your counselor and/or advisor at school to find out about and take advantage of the resources are available to help you seek employment, succeed on the job, and understand your right to be judged on your ability, not disability.

Check out the website for more information.


In the Community: Project SEARCH

Do you know a student with an intellectual disability who is entering his/her last year of school eligibility? Project SEARCH is a trademarked and copyrighted model of employment training for students (ages 18-21) with significant disabilities. Students are immersed in a combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training through worksite rotations (internships) with a local business for an academic year. Past internships have included sites at Bellin and St. Vincent hospitals.
To learn more about this program, please visit the Project SEARCH page on ASPIRO's website, or download the Project SEARCH brochure. Download the Project SEARCH Tour flyer to find dates and times when tours of the program are available.

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  • Transition: Information for Young Adults with Disabilities and their Parents
    Booklet: Designed to make the transition to adulthood a smooth, informed and organized process.

  • Living My Dream Transition Manual
    Tool for students, parents, and professionals to help students plan for their future after high school. Help them realize their dreams! An easy to follow guide with checklists and activities so that each student can be an active participant in planning their journey into adulthood.

  • Living My Dream Brochure
    Brochure with information about where to start with transition to adult services planning. Information students with disabilities who are 17 years & 6 months will not want to miss.

  • Employment Guide: Employment Resources for Older Adults & Adults with Disabilities
    A booklet on employment options, which includes information on job assistance for seniors, veterans, and adults with disabilities. Find descriptions on the different Social Security Administration Work Incentive programs, how to find employment funding, assistive technology equipment in the workplace, and legal issues & advocacy surrounding employment.

  • Opening Doors to Self-Determination Skills
    Booklet Series: One in a series of booklets published by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Setting and achieving goals helps students grow. Knowing their strengths and addressing their weaknesses is important as students prepare for life after high school. As Students move through school and toward adulthood, they go through a process of considering who they are and who they wish to become. Students can work with counselors, parents, and teachers as they work with this resource.

  • Project SEARCH Brochure
    Learn more about this internship program opportunity for young adults with disabilities. In partnership with Bellin and HSHS St. Vincent Hopsitals, interns will have total immersion in the workplace to learn marketable skills.

  • Opening Doors to Adult Services
    Booklet Series: One in a series of booklets published by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Created to provide a guide for students, parents, teachers, and school counselors as they prepare for the students life after high school.

  • Opening Doors to Employment
    Booklet Series: One in a series of booklets published by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Created to provide input and direction to students as they set and work toward their employment goals. It offers career exploration strategies, job preparation advice, and job search strategies.

  • Opening Doors to Postsecondary Education and Training
    Booklet Series: One in a series of booklets published by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Leads the reader through a process of planning for life after high school that includes making decisions, planning, and taking action. Helps the student to consider his or her strengths and weakness, plan a high school experience that will achieve specific goals, explore possibilities for work and a career, and identify the next steps for life after high school.

  • Options for Independent Living
    Website: Independent Living Center serves 17 counties in Northeast Wisconsin. Model home is a showcase of assistive technology, loan closet, resource assistance, advocacy for individuals with all disabilities and ages.

  • Northest Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
    Website: Information and links to get your questions answered about your childs special health care needs.

  • Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA-7)
    Website for the Transition services office location in Green Bay Wisconsin

  • National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
    Website: Coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities

  • WI Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
    Website: WI DVR serves persons with disabilities with employment services and counseling and training and technical assistance to employers regarding disability employment issues.

  • WI Family Assistance Center for Education, Training and Support
    Website: Also known as Wisconsin FACETS. Resource for children and adults with disabilities and their families.

  • Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Transition Information
    Website with lots of information and resources.

  • Wisconsin Statewide Transition Initiative
    Website: Information and resources for professionals helping students have a successful transition from school to the adult world. Best practice guides, successful grant programs, calendar of events, etc.

  • Wisconsin Youth First
    Website: Unique website developed by youth, for youth. Wisconsin friends can keep in touch, about school, work and leadership activities.

  • Wisconsin's Collaborative Systems of Care
    Website: Resource for anyone involved with assisting adolescents with emotional or behavioral difficulties with their transition to adulthood.

  • Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities
    Website: The board was established to advocate on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities, foster welcoming and inclusive communities, and improve the disability service system.

  • American with Disabilities Act (ADA)
    Website: Information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act. Government site

  • Family Care Program Service Area
    Map illustrating the where you will find Family Care in Wisconsin
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