Metropolitan Center for Independent Living

What is Transition

Think about how you want your life to look in a year, or in five years, or in ten years. What kind of picture do you see? What kind of home do you live in? What kind of job or school do you go to? What do you do for fun? Are there friends and family in the picture?

Planning your life is like painting a picture. First you imagine what you want it to look like, and then you start creating it. The first step in creating your future is to make some plans and choices now.

MAKING A PLAN
You should start planning for your life after high school by the time you reach 9th grade or age 14. You will do this by working with adults to include plans for your future in your Individual Education Plan (IEP). The adults who will help you do this are teachers, school counselors, your family, social workers, counselors from the Division of Rehabilitation Services, and other professionals. These people will help you get the right classes and services to meet your needs and goals.

Your teachers will tell you when your planning meetings will happen. Remember, the Individual Education Plan is your plan for your life. So, go to the meetings and tell your planning team what you want and need. Tell them how you want your life to look.

KEEPING A PERSONAL FILE
When you plan your future, it is important to keep written information about your skills, your interests, your needs and anything else that tells about who you are. MCIL can help you make a file of your personal information. This will include copies of your Individual Education Plan, any tests you took to find out what your interests and abilities are, your medical records, letters of recommendation and your resume. This information will then be ready to share with people who can help you get the job, education, housing and other things you want and need.

MAKING CHOICES
Part of creating the life you want is learning to make choices that help you get what you want and need. One choice you will have to make many times is the choice to stand up for yourself and ask for what you need. This is called being assertive. Being assertive means that you tell people what you are thinking and feeling and what you would like to do. You can practice doing this now in school at your planning meetings and with your family. Being assertive does not mean that you always get your own way. It does mean that you speak up for yourself instead of being silent. MCIL can provide you with leadership, self-advocacy and assertiveness training.

MCIL Transition
The MCIL Transition Program assists students and young adults with disabilities, ages 14 through 24, to make a successful transition from high school to post-secondary education, employment and independent community living.

Services include:

  • Information and referral services
  • Guidance and advocacy in developing Individual Education Plans (IEPs)
  • Personal organization skills training
  • Leadership, self-advocacy and assertiveness training

Career planning and employment guidance including training in:

  • resume writing
  • job applications
  • interviewing skills

For additional information, please contact: Taylor: nickw@mcil-mn.org (651) 603-2018 (voice) or (651) 603-2001 (TTY)

530 Robert Street North
St Paul, MN 55101  
Voice: 651-646-8342
Fax: 651-603-2006
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The Mission of the Metropolitan Center for Independent Living is to assist people with disabilities to fulfill their desire to lead productive self-determined lives.