Parent-to-Parent Support

A Welcome Message to Parents from a Parent

A mother and her adult son, who is deafblindI am a strong believer that parents and families are the key to ensuring that their children have the education and services they need in order to have meaningful and successful adult lives. As part of this responsibility, we often have the heavy burden of seeking out knowledge to inform ourselves and to share with practitioners. The Internet contains a wealth of resources, but it can be overwhelming. Often so overwhelming that we just shut down.  

Is this site relevant to my family?

The Paths to Transition Website was created to help families readily find the information they need to support seamless transition and improve post-secondary outcomes for their children. My hope is that this site will provide you with an arsenal of resources that you can use to develop strategies that are right for your child, wherever they are along their own transition journey.  

A young man places cans into a recycling machine.Like any website, it will take some work from you as a parent, but will be well worth your efforts. For example, we typically think of employment as gainful, paid employment, but that may not always be the case. Here is a great example from a parent describing how she has found meaningful volunteer employment for her son in their community: Volunteer Activity: Recycling Cans

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Here, another parent shares information about tools for assistive technology that supported her son throughout his school years and beyond: Planning for Assistive Technology Needs


How is the site organized?

As you peruse the site, you will find resources on best practices and skills for success related to community involvement, careers, and college, organized into the following four sections.

Paths to Transition: This is the homepage. It provides an overview of the site.

Getting Started: Here you will find guidance on student-driven transition and how to begin preparing for transition early in life. Resources include suggested timelines, assessment and planning tools, and sample forms.

Preparing for Work: This includes information about how to support your child by engaging him or her in tasks and chores at home that build self-confidence and self-determination. If we, as parents, do not set the bar high, no one else will. Resources also address career exploration, job development, volunteering, and support teams.

Independent Living: Developing the skills needed to live as independently as possible is something that should be incorporated in every child’s life and educational program. The resources in this section include information about various levels of independent living, housing options, and transition portfolios (a tool to organize information about students during their transition years). 

Blog posts from parents:  While we hope that many of the blog posts on the site will be of interest to pay special attention to those written by other parents.

A mother with her young adult son, who is deafblind   Patti McGowan

Click on a photo above to read posts by a parent blogger.

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We look forward to connecting with you!

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Total Life Learning by Wendy Bridgeo,‎ Beth Caruso,‎ & Mary Zatta

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The Total Life Learning curriculum was developed for students ages 3 to 22 who are blind, visually impaired including those students who have additional disabilities or are deafblind. The focus is on the development of life and career goals that enable student to maximize independence, self-determination, employability, and participation in the community.