Regularly review your youth's profile (strengths, qualities, likes, dislikes...) Discuss their hopes, dreams and visions for their future.
Consider long term financial planning tools such as will & estate planning, trusts, insurance products, as well as, RDSPs and RESPs.
Attend transition workshops.
Make decision about an extra year of high school for your youth. Otherwise, ensure your youth has met all graduating requirements.
Social Insurance Number (SIN)
Get a Social Insurance Number for youth.
Review Disability Tax Credit (DTC)
Contact Revenue Canada to add your youth's name and SIN to their Disability Tax Credit file.
Open Bank Account
Open a bank account in youth's name.
Apply for disability benefits.
Income taxes and the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)
If your youth has a Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP), they need to file income taxes at ages 16 and 17.
Community Living British Columbia (CLBC) file
Learn about CLBC and identify and meet your facilitator.
Figure out the funding
Learn about funding eligibility, availability and options.
Review/ update members of transition team. If you do not already have a transition team for your youth, pull one together.
Create/ Review Transition Plan/ IEP
Review and update the Transition Plan and the Individual Education Plan (IEP). Ensure that goals identified are relevant to your youth's adult life.
Obtain/ Update Assessments
Determine which assessments are required in order to effectively transition into adult services. (Most commonly required- psycho-educational assessment.)
Research and apply for post secondary education/ training, vocational skills and employment preparation.
Grants, Bursaries, Scholarships, Loans
Research school grants, bursaries and scholarships and apply.
Get your youth's legal identification in order.
Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP)
If your youth has an RESP AND they will be attending post secondary education, inform yourself of the steps required in order to access these funds.
Employment & volunteer opportunities Community Involvement
Review/ research employment and volunteer opportunities. Include in transition plan - including the IEP.
Build youth's resume/ portfolio of their work and volunteer jobs.
As much as possible, teach youth how to describe their uniqueness to others.
Recreation, Leisure & Entertainment
Pursue hobbies and opportunities for leisure and recreation.
Representation Agreements/ Power of Attorney
Learn about representation agreements and enduring power of attorney.
Support Service organizations/ Day Programs
Visit and interview community living agencies in your community to see what they offer. Learn about day programs and activity options.
Learn about public transport options and discounts. Once approved for PWD, apply for annual bus pass.
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