Transitioning Youth

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:

The Benefits Enrollment Center: Educates, Screens & Assists individuals over 18 years old for core federal benefits and community resources.  Applying for Metro Access, getting a Non-Driver's Maryland Identification Card, applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), applying for Medicaid.  Call to make an appointment to receive FREE Benefit Screening with a comprehensive resource guide for Disability Benefits and Resources along with application assistance for core benefits. Contact Lakwona Simmons 301-335-9681/

Who do I contact?
If you have questions about the Transitioning Youth Process, contact Melonee Clark at or by calling 301-925-7050 ext 307 or (301) 260-5057. For more information about Transition, click here and download a copy of the Transition Planning Guide.

What is the next step in services?
The Arc would love to meet you and discuss our different programs for adults. The Arc offers four Adult Day Programs and an Employment Services Program.

Other Helpful Programs

Ready@21: A Pre-Employment Training Service for transitioning youth ages 14-21 to provide Job Exploration, Work Readiness, Post Secondary Educational Program Counseling and Self Advocacy Instruction.  For further information contact

Click here to visit the Maryland Transitioning Youth website.
Click here to view additional resources.


LISTEN NOW: Transition 101 Sept 15th, 2020 PASSWORD: 318*myAC


Transitioning To Adulthood: What’s Next?

RS-10a: 3/17 Pre-Employment Transition Services Fact Sheet

Prince George's County Transitioning Youth Information Site

Transitioning Youth Process Overview  

Ready 2b Healthy Resource Guide

The Arc Transitioning Youth

Ready @ 21


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.

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