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Youth Transition from High School

Transition- A New Beginning

Transitioning from school to adulthood should be an exciting time, but can often be overwhelming, confusing, and uncertain, especially for adults with disabilities. You need someone that can help you navigate all of your options, making sure you have all of the necessary services in place to make this next phase of life successful.

Let the staff at the ADRC of Brown County help!
  • Are you 17 years & 6 months or older, looking for that single entry point for information & assistance?
  • Graduating from high school, but not sure which step to take next?
  • Considering continuing your education?
  • Need a little help finding a job?
  • Looking to move out of your parents' home, but not sure if you're ready?
All of these questions are common when transitioning from high school to adulthood. The ADRC of Brown County can help you and your loved ones every step of the way. Here's how:
  • Information & Assistance Specialists- These trained staff will listen to your story, hear what goals you have set for yourself (or even help you set goals), and guide you in finding the resources in the community that will work best for you. Information & Assistance staff give you all of the options. You make all of the decisions. Check out the Help Finding Services page on our website to see some of the resources.
  • Benefit Specialists- Providing information, determining if you are eligible, connecting you to the appropriate benefits, and explaining how to apply are all part of a Benefit Specialist's role in helping you. If you need help advocating for yourself if you feel you've been incorrectly denied for benefits, call on the Benefit Specialists as well. To learn more, visit the Money Matters- Benefit Specialist page on our website.
ADRC services are provided in-person, over the phone, by email, or through a home visit. Contact the ADRC today (920-448-4300)!

Are you a professional and would like to make a referral to the ADRC? Download this ADRC Referral Form and email/fax/mail to the ADRC (contact information on the referral form).

Are you not yet 17 years & 6 months, but would still like help? Contact the Brown County Children's Long-Term Support office (920-448-7884).
Brown County Community on Transition (CCoT)

Brown County Community on Transition involves planning for life after high school. It is a cooperative process between parents, students, and teachers with help from other agencies as needed. Formal transition planning should commence by the time a special education student turns 14. It should support a student's goals for living, learning, and working after the finish high school.

Meetings: Second Tuesday of every month (school year), 8:30-10:30 a.m., various locations in Brown County

To find out more information about CCoT and to get connected to this group, please contact Katie Erickson, Information & Assistance Specialist at the ADRC of Brown County (direct: 920-448-6470,


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.

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  • Youth Transition from High School: A New Beginning
    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

  • Resources for Students with Disabilities
    Website: This guide explains legal rights for a student with disabilities, and the campus resources that can provide assistive services and tools. Find links to a number of sites, apps, and software resources designed to aid students with specific types of 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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