Frequently Asked Questions for Life After High School

What is person-centered planning?

Person-centered planning focuses on you! It’s about making plans for your future based on what you like, need, and dream about. You get to make big decisions, and the plan adapts as you grow.

What happens to my accommodations and services when I graduate or leave high school?

In high school, students with disabilities are protected under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which requires public schools to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE). After graduation, your rights and protections change. You may still receive accommodations in post-secondary education and employment under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

How can vocational rehabilitation services help me?

Vocational rehabilitation services can offer job placement help, training programs, and financial aid for education or training. They support you in finding employment that suits your goals and abilities.

How do I prepare to manage my healthcare needs?

Think about how your health affects your daily life and goals. Can you manage medications, explain your condition in emergencies, or plan for doctor’s visits? Identifying gaps helps you figure out what supports you need with the Including Health Considerations in the Transition Plan worksheet.

Why is self-advocacy important, and how can I improve at it?

Self-advocacy means speaking up for yourself and making your own choices. It’s crucial for getting the right support and reaching your goals. Learning about your rights, being involved in your plans, and asking for help are great first steps.

How can I advocate for myself and ensure my needs are met?

Advocating for yourself using person centered planning is a powerful approach to ensure that your needs, preferences, and goals are at the forefront of any planning and decision-making process regarding your life, particularly for individuals with disabilities.

How can I request more help and information?

Complete a Get Help request on the PAVE website to connect with a team member for additional support.