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All children – whether or not they have a disability – have rights, needs, talents and dreams. For students with disabilities, the key to a smooth transition to adulthood lies in recognizing the possibilities unique to their gifts and goals. Transition, which usually takes place between the ages of 14 and 22, can be much more successful if a student has access to all the supports and services that permit him or her to live as fully and independently as possible.

Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Rehabilitation Act, students with disabilities have the right to substantial assistance in making the most of their transition years.

Youth in the care and custody of the State of Florida (foster care system) have the right to state assistance in becoming independent and self-sufficient adults. Each year, over 1,000 youth in state care become legal adults without the support of a permanent family.

If you are a young person moving toward adulthood – or the parent, teacher or friend of one – the Advocacy Center has resources to help you understand what services are available and how to gain access to them.


Transition: The Passage from Youth to Adulthood

Transition for Children in Foster Care
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