Transition from School to Adult Life

Graduation, secondary education, employment & independent living

Providing information, training, and technical assistance for youth, their families, and professionals in order to support informed and effective transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities

What SPAN's Transition to Adult Life Programs Include

  • Assistance for youth with disabilities aged 14 through 21: Information on rights, roles responsibilities and requirements regarding transition services under federal disability laws and New Jersey State Special Education code.
  • Workshops and publications on best practices in transition planning and strategies for improving student outcomes during high school and beyond.
  • Technical assistance for students with Individualized Education Plans or 504 accommodation plans.
  • Publications available in print, electronic and audio formats.

Resources & Materials

Transition Fact Sheet

Student Participation in the IEP Process

The Family Guide to Transition Services in New Jersey |  Answers questions about Transition to help make it a successful period for youth/young adults with disabilities and their families

La Guía para la Familia de Servicios de Transición en Nueva Jersey |  Esta guía tiene la intención de responder sus preguntas y trata de hacer que la transición sea un período exitoso para familias, adolescentes y adultos jóvenes con discapacidades

Transition to Adult Healthcare: NJ Action Blueprint |  Guide provides an overview of the barriers and recommendations to achieve patient-centered medical care for emerging adults with disabilities (developed 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)




What Our Families Say

With your help, I was able to get my youth the transition services he needed to graduate and to get accepted into community college. Now he can advocate for himself!

SPAN’s transition to adult life resources are comprehensive and useful whether you are a parent, a teacher, or a doctor, or other healthcare provider. Trainings, videos, Public Service Announcements for and by youth, and written materials in English and Spanish, give parents and professionals all we need to know to help our kids maximize their potential!

Contact Us


Maria Docherty

Director of Technical Assistance
(973) 642-8100 X 114

Erin Seigh

Transition Coordinator

For Individualized Assistance,

Call our Warmline: (800) 654 SPAN (7756) or (973) 642-8100