Youth Transition

Transitioning from high school to the adult world is a very important time. This transition will look very different for every student. This involves planning for things like employment, independent living, and post-secondary education. It can be a particularly confusing process when the student also has a disability.

Every successful transition starts with a plan. Beginning the planning process with your school and family before graduating is ideal. It's important to think about what a good transition will look like for your particular needs and interests. How to meet these needs in the adult world can be confusing and overwhelming.

The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Winnebago County is here to help. The ADRC determines eligibility for adult programs, regardless of income. When a student with a disability turns 17.5 years old, contact the ADRC at 877-886-2372 to discuss your needs and eligibility for adult programming. If you are working with the Family Support Team, your Service Coordinator will make this referral. Whether you plan to remain in school past your senior year, or are not sure what level of assistance you may need, the ADRC can provide eligibility determination, resources and information, free of charge. 

Resources on the transition process...

A useful booklet for students and their families to utilize during the transition process:

Winnebago County specific resources for the transition process related to employment, post-secondary education, health care, decision making, long-term support, and more. 

The Winnebago County Community on Transition (WCCoT) committee has created an easy-to-use flow chart to describe what agencies students should be connected with at specific ages. See more about this committee at the end of this page.

What if I need help making decisions?

  • Click here to review information on Supported Decision-Making, Powers of Attorney, and Guardianship.
  • Click here to see the Winnebago County Youth Transition Booklet.

Long-Term Care Programs (Family Care, IRIS)

  • Click here to review information on Long-Term Care Programs in our county.
  • Click here to see the Winnebago County Youth Transition Booklet.

Disability Income (Supplemental Income)

  • Click here to read about the Benefit Specialists Program through the ADRC of Winnebago County where staff can help individuals understand how to apply for this benefit.
  • Click here to see the Winnebago County Youth Transition Booklet.

Health Insurance Options

  • Click here to read about the Benefit Specialists Program through the ADRC of Winnebago County where staff can help individuals understand their health care options. 
  • Click here to see the Winnebago County Youth Transition Booklet.

New Rights and Responsibilities When Turning 18

  • Click here in the Winnebago County Youth Transition booklet to learn about new rights and responsibilities when turning 18 years old.

Employment Options

  • Click here to learn more about the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Click here to learn more about employment options in the Winnebago County Youth Transition Booklet.

Post-Secondary Education Options

  • Click here to learn more about post-secondary education options in the Winnebago County Transition booklet.

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Want to Learn More?

  • Click here for more resources that you might find helpful. 

What is WCCoT?

The Winnebago County Community on Transition (WCCoT) is a regional community that comes together (networks) regularly to identify issues, barriers, supports and solutions to assisting youth and young adults with disabilities make a successful transition based on their post-secondary goals related to training or education, employment and independent living. The key to CCoT success is sharing the work, establishing effective communication, and new relationships to better work together. If you would like to find out more about this committee, contact:

                                       

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220 Washington Ave
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Oshkosh, WI 54903-2187
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Neenah, WI 54956
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