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Governor's Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens
Transition Into Adulthood

Transitioning for teens and young adults with special educational or healthcare needs requires planning in several areas to make life easier. The Delaware Disability Hub (DelDhub) website was created to assist students in the transition years, their parents or caregivers and professionals by providing resources, connections, guidance and information from around the country. Although the DelDhub covers the teen years forward, parents or caregivers need to start thinking about the transition years at a much earlier age to ensure a child reaches their full potential.

The categories listed on the DelDHub home page have subcategories with a wealth of information for individuals wanting to make the transition years a success. Transitioning is not a new subject, but it may be new for you or someone in your care. Every state has transition resources and organizations that assist those in the transitional years. The Governor's Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens of Delaware created the DelDhub to align with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that focuses on transitioning into post-secondary education and independent living.

If your journey in the disability community has just begun, you may find New to Disability helpful.


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Education


Many aspects of education should be considered during the transitional years. Here you will find links regarding high school, gifted and talented and higher education to help make your decisions easier.

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Employment


Getting a job and earning money is a big consideration for transitional teens. The employment section covers a wide range of important topics and resources for job seekers.

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Health


Transitioning from youth to adult healthcare brings a variety of life changes. The toolkit offers a variety of helpful topics including benefits, mental health, advocacy, alternative healing and more.

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Housing


Independent living is exciting but comes with responsibilities. This section contains links on accessibility, advocacy, rights and regulations, and housing assistance as you look towards independent living.

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Legal


Federal and state laws are in place to protect people with disabilities from abuse. Discover organizations, resources and helpful links to protect you or your teen's interests. Know your rights.

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Transportation


Mobility options change with advancements of technology. This section offers information on public transit, driving, rights and regulations, agencies and associations and traveling.

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Roadmap to Education and IDEA

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The transition from school to adult life is a winding road that is hard to follow. The links below provide information and resources to assist with successful transition planning in education.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was enacted by the federal government to ensure that all children with disabilities are provided with "equality of [educational] opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency."

Originally adopted in 1975 and amended in 2004, the IDEA aims to curb educational problems associated with low expectations and insufficient focus on alternative research, teaching methods, and tools. Following are the six major principles of the IDEA, focusing on students' rights and the responsibilities of public schools to children with disabilities.

Understanding My Disability

Disabilities are often misunderstood. This section provides information on a variety of disabilities. It is Important that we understand our own disabilities and the disabilities of people in our lives.

Because each of us is differently abled, having knowledge makes us more compassionate and considerate of the differences that exist between all people.