If you or your family member is an adolescent, an important
life transition is ahead. The move to
adulthood is an exciting time that will provide
new opportunities. We encourage you to start
thinking about transition by the age of 14, long before it
is time to leave school. Gathering information,
understanding choices, making decisions and trying out
options – all
these steps take time.
We hope the information in this booklet, as well as the help
and support from your regional center Service Coordinator;
will make this transition go smoothly.
Harbor Regional Center will work with you to ensure
that services and supports will be available to meet
your/your family member’s needs, interests and goals.
Services and supports may assist with:
• Continuing education
• Adult Day Activities
• Living Arrangements
• Community Access
• Other services and supports to ensure your/your family
member’s success as an adult.
The school will play a major role in helping you or
your family member transition to adulthood. At the back of
this booklet you will find more information about working
with the schools during transition to adulthood.
What Opportunities Will Be Available After You or Your Family
Member Leave School?
You or your family member will have opportunities
• strengthening self-help and self-care skills
• continuing education at a university, community
college, trade school or specialized training
• paid work (with special supports if needed)
• volunteer work, if preferred
• living independently in a home or apartment,
with or without roommates, and with supports as
needed – or living in a group home, if preferred
• learning new skills, such as how to manage money,
how to navigate public transportation, how to
cook, and how to take care of a home
• socializing with friends and making new ones.
What Are The Community or Public Resources That May Be
Available to You or Your Family Member?
Medical insurance through Medi-Cal
Personal care and protective supervision through In-Home
Supportive Services (IHSS)
Financial assistance through Supplemental Security
Vocational training through the Department
of Rehabilitation (DOR)
Educational supports through Disabled Student Services
This is not a complete list and we want to assure you that
your HRC Service Coordinator is available to provide you
with additional information and to answer your questions.
What Legal and Benefit Decisions Will Need To Be Made As You
or Your Family Member Turns 18
We at Harbor Regional Center encourage you or your family
member to direct your own decision-making to the fullest
extent possible. Many adults routinely make decisions on
their own behalf with guidance from their family, HRC
service coordinator, advocate, or trusted
While students are enrolled in school transition
programs, they may be referred to a work experience program,
such as WorkAbility, where they can gain some on-the-job
experience and learn about how to conduct themselves in a
Your HRC Service Coordinator can assist you to find out
what transition programs are offered by your school
district, during the school’s individual transition planning