As your child nears the end of high school, you are undoubtedly thinking about their future. Or perhaps YOU are a young person with a disability who wants more information about what’s next. Welcome!

FACT Oregon has put together resources that look ahead towards adulthood and the next stages: secondary education, employment, and/or independent living.


Association of University Centers on Disabilities: A Collaborative Interagency, Interdisciplinary Approach to Transition for Adolescence to Adulthood
Association of University Centers on Disabilities: A Comprehensive Approach to Transition
Center for Parent Information and Resources: Transition to Adulthood
National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center: Age Appropriate Transition Assessment Toolkit
OHSU’s Institute on Development and Disability: Family Support Program Transition Guide
Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities: Resources for Support Services
Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities: Roadmap to Support Services, “Planning My Way to Work”
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services [OSERS], A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities
Oregon Youth Transition Program
Social Security Administration [SSA]
Support for Families of Children with Disabilities: Transition to Adulthood
Transition Community Network [TCN]
Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon

College & Higher Education

Accredited Online Schools and Colleges: Accredited Online Colleges and Disability Education Resources
The Arc: Achieving a Better Life Experience [ABLE] Act Division B of Public Law 113-295, December 19, 2014
Autistic Self-Advocacy Network: Empowering Leadership: A Systems Change Guide for Autistic College Students and Those With Other Disabilities
Center for Parent Information and Resources: College and Career Readiness
Oregon Department of Education: Transition Resources
Oregon Department of Education: Secondary Transition for Students with Disabilities
Oregon Department of Education: Transition Resource Handbook, Updated 2016-17
Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion: Financial aid, scholarships, and grants for college
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Dignity of Risk

Disability Rights Washington: What ‘Dignity of Risk’ Means to Me”’s video: Dignity of Risk


The Arc of Oregon: Find a Brokerage
Disability Rights Oregon: Plan to Work Program
Employment First Initiative
Employment First: I Work, We Succeed
Employment First: Job Coaching
Employment First: Job Development
Employment First: Discovery
Employment First: Employment Path
Employment First: Small Group Supported Employment
Employment First: Success Stories
Institute for Community Inclusion: When Existing Jobs Don’t Fit: A Guide to Job Creation
Kids Together: Supported Employment
My Brokerage, My Choice
National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD) for Youth
National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth: Making the Move to Managing Your Own Personal Assistance Services [PAS]: A Toolkit for Youth with Disabilities Transitioning to Adulthood
Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities: “Planning My Way to Work” Transition Guide
Oregon Department of Human Services: Supported Employment Services Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services [OVRS] Support Service Brokerage List Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Programs
Respectability: Toolkit for Jobseekers with Disabilities
Self-Advocacy Online: Stories from Self-Advocates
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA): An Overview
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA): A Detailed Look

Estate Planning

American Bar Association: Special Needs Trusts Basics
NICHCY News Digest: Estate Planning Free Legal Information for Low-income Oregonians: Disability
Oregon State Bar: Revocable Living Trusts
Oregon State Bar: What is a Trust?
Oregon State Bar: Wills, Trusts, and Elder Law
PACER Center: The Special Needs Trust
State of Oregon: Estate Planning Services

Guardianship & Conservatorship

Administration for Community Living: Preserving the Right to Self-determination: Supported Decision-Making
The Arc of Oregon: Guardianship, Advocacy & Planning Services [GAPS]
The Arc of Oregon: Guardianship FAQ’s
The Arc of the United States: Position Statement on Guardianship
Center for Family Involvement: Alternatives to Guardianship
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Managing Someone Else’s Money: Help for Court-appointed Guardians of Property and Conservators
Deschutes County Circuit Court: Duties of a Conservator
Deschutes County Circuit Court: Duties of a Guardian
Disability Rights Oregon: Guardianship Handbook (Third Edition)
Multnomah County Public Guardian Program
Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities: Guardianship
Oregon Department of Human Services: Options in Oregon to Help Another Person Make Decisions Guardianship, Conservatorship and Other Options in Oregon Guardianships for Children

Health Advanced Directives
Oregon Medical Association: Advanced Directives for Health Care
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center: Health Care for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Individual Support Plans [ISP’s] Individual Support Plans The Individual Support Plan For Individuals with Developmental Disabilities in Foster Care
Oregon Training and Consultation [OTAC]: Individual Support Plans

Power of Attorney

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Managing Someone Else’s Money: Help for Agents under Power of Attorney
Disability Rights Oregon: Guardianship Handbook: Protective Proceedings for Adults
Oregon State Bar: Powers of Attorney and Other Decision-Making Tools

Presuming Competence

Emma’s Hope Book blog: “Presume Competence” – What Does That Mean Exactly?
Kathie Snow: “Presume Competence: Challenging Conventional Wisdom

Representative Payees

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Managing Someone Else’s Money: Help for Representative Payees and VA Fiduciaries
Disability Rights Oregon: What is a Rep Payee?
Social Security Administration: When People Need Help Managing Their Money
Veteran’s Administration: Fiduciary Program


ASAN: The Right to Make Choices: International Laws and Decision-Making by People with Disabilities
Center for Parent Information and Resources: Best Practices in Self-Advocacy Skill Building
Emerging Leaders Northwest
i’m determined 
Institute for Community Inclusion: The Influential Role of the Job Developer: Increasing Self-Determination and Family Involvement During the Job Search
National Center on Deaf-Blindness: Transition Toolkit: Enhancing Self Determination for Young Adults Who Are Deaf-Blind
National Gateway to Self-Determination
National Parent Center on Transition and Employment
National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making
Oregon Self-Advocacy Coalition
Self-Advocacy Online
Y.O. Disabled and Proud

Supplemental Security Income [SSI]

Oregon State Bar Center: Supplemental Security Income information
Social Security Administration: Supplemental Security Income
Social Security Administration: Benefits For Children With Disabilities
Social Security Administration: SSA Publication No. 64-030, (2016 Red Book)
State of Oregon: Disability benefits (federal programs)