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Transitions Timeline
Age 18
Youth Profile
Regularly review your youth's profile (strengths, qualities, likes, dislikes...) Discuss their hopes, dreams and visions for their future.
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
If not already done, open a bank account in youth's name.
Figure out the Funding
Learn about funding eligibility, availability, and options.
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.
Representation Agreements / Power of Attorney
Learn about representation agreements and enduring power of attorney. If needed, have one in place.
At Home Program ~ PWD medical coverage
When the individual turns 18, funding provided by the At Home Program will end, and medical coverage through PWD will begin.
Housing
Research housing options.
Income Taxes
File youth's income taxes.
Disability Benefits
Apply for disability benefits if you have not already done so. Attend PWD meeting.
Transition team
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 individual'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.)
Transition Workshops
Attend transition workshops.
School
Research and plan for post-secondary education / training, vocational skills, and employment preparation.
Grants, Bursaries, Scholarships, Loans
Research school grants, bursaries, scholarships, and apply for them.
Financial Planning
Consider long term financial planning tools such as will & estate planning, trusts, insurance products, as well as RDSPs and RESPs.
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.
Community Living British Columbia (CLBC) file
Identify and meet your Community Living BC (CLBC) facilitator.
Employment & Volunteer Opportunities - Community Involvement
Review / research employment and volunteer opportunities. Include in transition plan - including the IEP.
Resume / Portfolio
Update youth's resume / portfolio of their work and volunteer jobs.
Self Description
As much as possible, teach youth how to describe their uniqueness to others.
Home Community Care, Choice in Supports for Independent Living (CSIL)
If eligible, apply for Home Community Care (for respite, home support for personal care, and meals preparation) and CSIL Program (Choice in Supports for Independent Living), which provides funds to purchase home supports.
Public Transportation
Learn about public transport options and discounts. Once approved for PWD, apply for the annual bus pass.
Recreation, Leisure, & Entertainment
Pursue hobbies and opportunities for leisure and recreation.
Hold Exit Transition Meeting
Hold final meeting with Transition Team.
Visit www.findsupportbc.com/timeline for more information.