Transition Resources

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Updated - March 3, 2017
The purpose of this guide is to inform and support the families of the Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) who have young adults ready to leave the school district and take their place in the community. These adults will continue to need family encouragement and support along with service providers to assist them to continue learning, working and being active members of the community.

There are a multitude of services available in the Riverside community. This guide is a resource to help families identify those resources and help make the move from school to adult living as seamless as possible. This guide does not have all the services that are available in the area, but it is a launching point for families to realize that there is still much to be done for their children.

The Special Education staff hopes that students and families will find that this guide gives the information needed for students to make a successful transition from school to adult programs and services. 



Activities for Parents to Support Transition

  • Encourage independence in your student
  • Help your student learn to communicate interests, preferences, and needs
  • Help your student practice skills in communicating personal information
  • Help your student become familiar with student organizations, sports, or clubs in school or in the community and encourage participation
  • Discuss your student’s interests by asking, “What do you like to do?"
  • Discuss career plans, options, and goals with your student
  • Understand education and training requirements in career areas of interest
  • Be involved in the transition assessment
  • At the IEP meeting, describe the outcomes you envision when your student leaves school
  • Develop a systematic plan of study with your student
  • Support transition activities at your student’s school
  • Review with your student the necessary requirements for high school graduation
  • Stress the importance of staying in school and earning a diploma
  • Become aware of career training opportunities in school and in the community

Creating a Path to Employment: Tips for Parents with Children with Disabilities

Parent Guide: Work in the 21st century is more team-based than ever. Start by exploring the world of work together using this guide from the Office of Disability Employment Policy.


Ready, Set, Fly! A Parent’s Guide for Teaching Life Skills

Ready, Set, Fly! A Parent’s Guide for Teaching Life Skills is one of the Life Skills Tools created by Casey Family Programs (see Although written for foster youth, the guide contains suggestions and activities suitable for helping any youth transition to independence. 

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