Planning for Adulthood

Autism Speaks Transition Toolkit

For Families on the Journey from Adolescence to Adulthood

All individuals with autism, regardless of the level of support needed, should be able to live a life filled with purpose, dignity, choices, and happiness. This 68-page kit will provide you with suggestions and options for you to consider as you set out on this journey toward finding your child's own unique path to adulthood. The path will be different for each family, but the goal remains the same: that your young adult with autism will lead a fulfilling and happy adult life.

Promising Practices in Transition

Secondary Transition from School to Work

The transition out of high school is a major life event that must be carefully planned for and carried out. The purpose of this guide is to provide practitioners, families, and others with a practical overview of eight transition domains, which have been tied to improved employment outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities.

Transition Timeline

A recommended list of programs, services, activities and concepts that you can use to begin helping your child prepare for the future.

Each stage of life brings different unique challenges in parenting, especially when raising a special needs child. These resources are categorized by age, based on when they may become applicable, or when the ideal time to enroll is.

Whose Future is it Anyway Curriculum

A Student-Directed Transition Planning Process

This workbook guides you through 34 transition planning sessions that emphasize student preferences, needs, and interests. This provides opportunities for students with disabilities to explore issues of self-awareness and acquire problem solving, decision making, goal setting, and small group communication skills. The outcome of this process is that students learn how to be meaningfully involved in their transition to the next stage of their lives.

Your Legacy of Care (eBook)

Providing for Your Special Needs Child Today, Tomorrow, and Always

This 108-page eBook by Donald Bailey and J. William G. Chettle is a beautifully written and practical roadmap to meet the myriad challenges of providing appropriate and sustainable care for a special needs family member. This helpful book, with its thoughtful checklist, will ensure that loved ones are provided for now and in the future.

Able SC

York CAN Partner
  • Participate in the Supported Decision Making Project in South Carolina
  • Information on alternatives to guardianship
  • Offices in Columbia & Greenville

720 Gracern Rd. Suite 106
Columbia, SC 29210

Adult Enrichment Centers

York CAN Partner
  • High Five (Adult Day Program)
  • High Five Works (Individualized Employment Services)

359 Park Avenue
Rock Hill, SC 29730

Khaled Elder Law Firm

York CAN Partner

Khaled law firm takes a holistic approach in assisting families. Areas of practice include estate planning, trust administration, guardianship and conservatorships and special needs planning


Khaled Elder, PC

Rock Hill Location:

1430 Ebenezer Road, suite 104

Rock Hill, SC 29732

Clover/Lake Wylie Address:

1474 Highway 55 East

Clover, SC 29710

Maxabilties of York County

York CAN Partner
  • Self-advocacy group, meets quarterly, age 18 and up
  • Case management/Linkages
  • Adult Day Program
  • Career Preparation Services
  • Community services
  • Supported employment & group employment


Michelle Shaffer
(803) 628-5999

7900 Park Place Road
York, SC 29745

South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs

York CAN Partner
  • Parent and teacher consultation
  • DDSN has three transition specialists who can share information with parents and teachers to assist in transition planning about options after high school for students who are DDSN clients (have an Intellectual Disability, Autism, Head or Spinal Cord Injury or a similiar/related disability)
  • Case management & waivers

3440 Harden Street Ext
PO Box 4706
Columbia, SC 29240