It is natural to have questions about the transition to adulthood. It’s a big topic and one of the first big life transitions a young person will face.
While we can’t sum up all the resources available to youth and their families to help with transition, we can provide an overview of Community Living BC’s (CLBC) role and some of the resources that are available on this website.
First, it’s important to know that CLBC can start planning with youth with special needs and their families when a youth turns 16. We also work with other government agencies to help youth plan for adulthood. This video describes the support CLBC staff can provide eligible youth and their families through the transition process.
The CLBC factsheets, Youth in Transition, Requesting CLBC Services and Getting CLBC Services build on the information in the video. The Roles and Tasks for Transition Planning Team Members document is also a good resource, and outlines in a clear chart the roles of team members including youth, family, and staff from CLBC, school, youth services and health in the youth transition process.
We all know that an important component of a good life is also connection to our communities. As part of planning, CLBC staff can help youth and their families identify community services to help youth reach their goals. A comprehensive on-line searchable database of community resources, www.findsupportbc.com, was recently developed by the Family Support Institute (FSI), a non-profit organization that supports all families who have a family member with a disability. The database is searchable by age, disability, region and city and can be a great place to start identifying community resources.
This is just a few of the resources and information available on the CLBC website that can help you get started on your transition journey. For more information about CLBC or youth transition, visit our Youth Transition page, or our CLBC Publications page.