REACH for Transition

Resources for Employment, Access, Community Living, and Hope

Providing information, training, individual assistance, and support to youth and young adults with disabilities and their families

In Collaboration

REACH for Transition is a collaboration between nine Parent Centers: Connecticut Parent Advocacy CenterMaine Parent FederationNew Hampshire Parent Information CenterAssociation for Special Children and Families Community Parent Resource Center in New Jersey, SPAN Parent Advocacy Network, Advocates for Children of New York CityUnited We Stand of New York CityPEAL Center in Pennsylvania, and Vermont Family Network.

These Centers serve parents, youth/young adults with disabilities, and professionals; additionally, they work with their state’s Vocational Rehabilitation, Centers for Independent Living, and other adult system partners represented on the project’s 22 member Governing Board.

Transition Services

REACH provides a variety of innovative and responsive services, support, and information that enables youth and young adults with disabilities and their families to:

  • access information about the Rehabilitation Act (RA)
  • navigate multiple programs and service systems
  • actively participate in the development of useful, relevant, and meaningful plans for independence
  • collaborate with transition professionals as leaders to help youth impacted by disability achieve their goals

These services:

  • are designed with and involve diverse youth/young adults with disabilities and their families
  • highlight the region’s strengths and collaborative spirit, and evolve as needs and contexts change
  • occur through a regional Community of Practice that enhances participating Parent Center capacity, reach, and partnerships around transition and adult service systems


Resources & Materials

SPAN is pleased to provide you with this Family Guide to Transition Services in New Jersey. By providing one cohesive document on the transition process, services, and supports, we hope to make the journey easier for everyone. Transition can be a complicated time—this guide can answer your questions and make transition a successful period for youth/young adults with disabilities and their families. The guide is available for free online (see below). If you would like printed copies in either language, you can order them for a fee.

REACH for Transition Webinars

Check out the following archived webinars of various transition related topics for families, youth/young adults with disabilities, and professionals.

* Closed captions are available in both English and Spanish. Para subtítulos en español, hay que seleccionar el ícono o ruedita de configuración y cambiar “Subtitles/CC” de “English” a “Spanish.”

Train the Trainer Series

The following archived webinars are geared various transition related topics for professionals or groups that are looking to present the topics.

* Closed captions are available in both English and Spanish. Para subtítulos en español, hay que seleccionar el ícono o ruedita de configuración y cambiar “Subtitles/CC” de “English” a “Spanish.”

More Information

Useful Links & Websites

Administration for Community Living |  

Rehabilitation Act |  

Rehabilitation Services Administration |  

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act |  

Summary of NJ’s Medicaid Managed Care Changes |  

SPAN’s Youth Empowerment Page |  

Transition Planner  |  Developed by the NJ Department of Education, Office of Special Education Professional Development — A monthly planner to help you think about what you need to do to achieve your post high school goals (long-term goals).

Being a Healthy Adult: How to Advocate for Your Health and Healthcare  |  Developed by the Boggs Center — A guide for young adults that includes frequently asked questions and a series of activities to use to become an effective advocate, especially when you have special health care needs. PDFs and MP3 audio files available in English and Spanish.

Transition Tip Sheets for Teens   |  English / Spanish <—–LINKs DON”T WORK
These fact sheets, in English and Spanish, provide useful tips for teens with special needs and their parents on transition processes and resources.

My Health Passport  |  Teens with special needs can use this form to share important information (including medical history, medications, allergies, how the youth communicates, how they deal with pain, medical procedures, etc.) with medical care providers when they visit a doctor’s office or clinic, or stay in a hospital. Two-sided PDF in English and Spanish.

Recorded Transition TeleconferencesListen online or download to your iPod or MP3 player.

YES I CAN! So Can YOU!Developed by a group of dedicated parents, self-advocates, and professionals from the New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education (NJCIE) Action Group, Transition-Subcommittee — This video shares information on creating smooth transitions from high school to adulthood and increase understanding of inclusive post-secondary opportunities for young people with disabilities.

Transition to Adult Healthcare: NJ Action BlueprintDeveloped by the Boggs Center University Center of Excellence on Developmental Disabilities in collaboration with the NJ Developmental Disabilities Transition to Health Care Forum (including SPAN and other members of NJ’s Community of Care Consortium for CYSHCN) — Provides an overview of the barriers and recommendations to achieve patient-centered medical care for emerging adults with disabilities.

Changes to Services from the Division of Developmental Disabilities  |  Check out ARC of NJ website to learn how families of children in DDD were moved to PerformCare. Also see item on the new requirement on Medicaid eligibility for anyone 21 and older for DDD services. There is also a problem reporting form link.

Healthcare Financing Fact Sheet Series  |  A multilingual series of one-page fact sheets on NJ resources to finance needed healthcare for children with special needs, including Medicaid, NJ Family Care, Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund, etc.: English / Korean / Portuguese / Russian / Spanish

Healthcare Advocacy Across the Lifespan: What Parents of Children with Disabilities Need to KnowThis guide summarizes information on education, health, human services, early intervention, and other agencies that help children with special healthcare needs and their families.


What Our Families Say

Parents, youth, young adults, and professionals all need information, training, and support to make effective transition to a meaningful and productive life a reality. By combining resources and learning from each other, the nine Parent Center partners in this project will make a real difference for youth and young adults who are differently-abled in the Northeast US.

Contact Us


Dawn Monaco

Project Co-Director

Carolyn Hayer

Project Co-Director

Diana Autin

Project Co-Director

US Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services–Rehabilitation Services Administration (US DOE OSERS RSA). The contents of this website were developed in part under a grant from the US Department of Education, #H235F140009. However, the contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the US Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Project Officer, Tara Jordan.