ADRC of Racine County, Wisconsin


Youth in Transition



When a child with a disability begins to transition into adulthood it can be an overwhelming process for that person and their family. At this juncture, planning starts and it is also a time when transition services within school may continue or discontinue based upon a person's future goals. Having insight into what may be available in the community can be very helpful.

Keep in mind if a person is already 18 they have the legal authority to make their own decisions, and as such, this person should be the one to consult about getting connected to services. They will need to give permission allowing parents or caregivers to assist them in this process and also be involved in these processes themselves. The ADRC is available to facilitate connections to services, and assist with transition needs. We can help with to answer "What now?" during this time.

Because the ADRC assists people with this transition process, we can begin these conversations about planning as early as age 17.5. Please consider contacting your local ADRC to plan for your future. 


Resoure Corner:

ADRC Transition Brochure

Living My Dream

Transition Timeline

Transition website - Planning for the Future Before Age 18

Resources for students with Disabilities - Please contact the ADRC (262-833-8777) or your school to request a copy of the current resource book. You can also check out the directories below which contain similar information and can also be requested in paper format.

CESA 1  (locations East of I 94)provides you with area traning opportunities and information.

CESA 2 Parent Educator Newsletter  (locations West of I 94)provides you with area traning opportunities and information.

Wisconsin Statewide Transition Improvement Grant

WI Facets - Wisconsin Family Assistance Center for Training, Education and Support has a variety of resources and information for parents and families of children and adults with disabilities.

WisconSibs, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization that connects siblings of people with disabilities with each other, and with resources to help them throughout their lifelong journey. In northeastern Wisconsin, it provides Sibshops® and camps for girls and boys, and future planning and social events for families. Statewide, its services include web content, consulting, coaching, future planning, and conference presentations. Nationally, it is the Wisconsin chapter of the Sibling Leadership Network.

The Transition Improvement Grant has designed a transition app to increase self-direction and self-advocacy for all Wisconsin youth in the transition planning process.  We are excited for youth, schools, families, and agencies to begin using this application!   See:  This app is designed to help Wisconsin students and family members participate in the transition planning process.   The questions in the app help students give input into the requirements of the state and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 

Ticket to Work programHere's a nice website that reviews information about the program. It's a way for adults who are on SSI or SSDI to keep their benefits, work and possibly increase their income.

National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices  has developed a Family Support Network that includes resource information, an online support group, and a newsletter.  See the most recent editions and information on their website.  Check out the booklet Alzheimer's Disease and Downs Syndrome


ADRC booklets and other sites for Adults with Intellectual (Developmental) or Physical Disabilities

Resources for Adults Living with an Intellectual or Developmental Disability

Resources for People Living with Physical Disabilities

One Step Forward Resource Directory (Racine County Information regarding Basic Assistance, Behavioral Health, AODA, and Urgent Needs.)

Racine County Transition information 

The Racine Police Department in partnership with Racine County Aging & Disability Resource Center, and The Volunteer Center of Racine, has developed the “Autism/Alzheimer/Dementia Elopement Alert Form”. See:   Check with your municipality to see if they have something similar.


Upcoming Conferences/Workshops


New Virtual Education Guide to Help Millions of Students with Disabilities - See:


From WisconSibs

For adults who have a sibling with developmental disabilities or long-term illnesses, the journey together is lifelong. You may already be in a caregiving role or expect to in the future. This 2 workshop program helps you clarify your role and get the planning tools to move forward:  

WisconSibs Journey Forward - check the website for future dates


Youth in Partnership with Parents for Empowerment (YiPPE)

This is an opportunity for youth with disabilities (ages 14-21) and their parents to learn about the transition process in a unique way.
Why Should I attend YiPPE?

  • Building leadership skills
  • Increase my knowledge in areas of: health care, employment, education, inclusion, legislation and adult services
  • Work on my own family or community project
  • Strengthen partnerships between the many professionals you interact with on behalf of your child

Why Should my Youth Attend YiPPE?

  • To learn how to make decisions for themselves
  • Get involved in their school and community
  • Learn self-determination skills
  • Prepare for college and/or work
  • Work on their own Youth Plan

For more information about YiPPE and for the locations and dates for YiPPE trainings visit:

          For more information or to register for a YiPPE training call Julie Beckwith at 608-745-5421 or email to

  • Please register as soon as possible as space is limited


Of particular interest may be the following sites found on our links page:

ARC, Children with Special Needs, DHFS and Wisconsin Statewide Transition Initiative.