Transition to Adulthood


College and Career Readiness is the transition of students with disabilities from high school to post school environments such as independent living, college and/or the workforce. This transition process prepares students with the life, social and academic skills they will need to reach their post school goals. Students with Individualized Education Programs (IEP) must have “appropriate measurable postsecondary goals based upon age-appropriate transition assessments related to training, education, employment, and, where appropriate independent living.” –2004 Reauthorization of Individual with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA 2004) changed transition services to a “results-oriented process” that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child” (20 U.S.C. ~ 1414 (c) (5) (B) (ii) )

The CLD is an active partner on the Georgia Statewide Transition Steering Committee. CLD works on the team to revise the latest Georgia Transition Manual For Students with Disabilities. We train parents, students, administrators, counselors and educators on inclusive post-secondary education options throughout Georgia and the nation, as well as how to prepare students for transitioning into these programs.

Transition support is also available for changes in K-12 education, healthcare, and housing. The following links are for local and national programs assisting in all types of life transitions:


Georgia Inclusive Post-secondary Education Consortium Mission

The Georgia Inclusive Post-Secondary Education Consortium seeks to create  opportunities for students who have historically not had access to post-secondary educational  opportunities.  Members of the Consortium are committed to providing information and training resources for individuals, families, colleges & universities, and agencies to achieve the goal of inclusive PSE opportunities for all.

What We Are About 

Too many young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities find themselves sitting at home with nothing to do, and nowhere to go when they get out of high school. It doesn’t have to be this way.

All individuals have the capacity to do great things, and to continue learning, to work and to contribute to their communities.

Colleges and universities need help finding the right tools and supports to aid all young people in this quest, and families need education and advice about their options. 

The consortium works with members of diverse communities to help higher education institutions implement programs that extend the dream of higher education to young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The programs target those individuals who previously were excluded from the college experience under the belief that “they can’t.” The consortium is bringing together members from all over Georgia to show that with innovation, compassion and the right resources, they can.

Post Secondary Education

Georgia Inclusive Post Secondary Education Consortium

Think College

Georgia Inclusive PSE Consortium members




Georgia Transition

P2P Roadmap on Transition



National Healthcare Transition Center- Got Transition?

U.S. Department of Labor – Office of Disability Employment Policy- Integrated Employment Toolkit

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth

Autism After 16: Georgia Roadmap

Transition Toolkit (Autism Speaks)

Tips for Transition

Transition to Adulthood Guidelines (OCALI)

Life Journey Through Autism: A Guide for Transition to Adulthood

Navigating College: A Handbook on Self Advocacy

Adolescent Health Transition Project

Transition to Adulthood by The Arc of King County