What is Transition?
Transition is the period of time when a student prepares to move from life as a student to life in the adult world. For students with developmental disabilities this means planning not only training and careers, but also identifying adult service providers. Maryland students are entitled to a free, appropriate and public education. Students with disabilities receive this entitlement until they complete the school year in which they turn 21; after this—eligibility and availability of funds determine services. Finding adult service providers is the responsibility of the student and the student’s family.
What Services does The Arc provide?
The Arc wants to make sure that the transition from childhood to adulthood is smooth. Here are a few of the services we offer:
Life Enrichment Awards Program (LEAP): The LEAP grant, sponsored by the HSC Foundation, provides goods and services that are usually not available from public service and government agencies, and are directly linked to transition planning and implementation. Funds may be used for a variety of purposes including: Career Related Courses, Equipment, Business Attire, Job Exploration. Eligible applicants with a disability must be between the ages of 14-26 and may NOT have received a LEAP Grant within the last three years. For more information please contact Deborah Goins at firstname.lastname@example.org or 240-532-6001. Download an application
Who do I contact?
If you have questions about the Transitioning Youth Process, contact Melonee Clark at 301-925-7050 ext 307. For more information about Transition, click here and download a copy of the Transition Planning Guide. Click here to download an informative booklet entitled After the School Bus Stops Coming…
What are some areas of transition that I need to consider?
Applying for Metro Access, getting a Non-Driver’s Maryland Identification Card, applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), applying for Medicaid, and attending the College for Living at PGCC.
Let us know how we can help!
If you have questions about services or programs of The Arc Prince George’s County, or if you need information, please contact us at any time. Our staff are ready to assist you.