NCCDD believes that people with I/DD have the right to pursue opportunities for education, training, employment, meaningful relationships, and full participation in the community. To achieve these outcomes, people must receive individually tailored support that prepares them to navigate life. “Transition” often means helping individuals and families think about post-secondary education, careers through work and volunteering, and life after high school. This includes identifying goals, as well as necessary skills and connections, and acting upon them.
Work and integrated employment may require formal education and training. Enrollment of persons with I/DD college and cooperative learning experiences that emphasize education, career development, and inclusive living are essential. NCCDD has experience with model post-secondary programs for persons with I/DD. Policy changes are needed to expand these opportunities for all persons with I/DD in all post-secondary institutions.