Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Steven Nourse

Second Committee Member

Steven Schmitz

Third Committee Member

David Shorr


As a student with a disability makes the transition from high school to adult life, together the student and the family are faced with decisions and challenges outside the support of the school system. There are certain time lines and criteria that need to be fulfilled in order to make the change successful as well guarantee the student's rights and entitlements both financially and vocationally from the federal government and other community based systems. Transition-focused educators have long advocated for a vision of post-school life for the young adult with a disability that includes community and social interactions in addition to supported employment and self-dependency. The purpose of this project was to learn more about community based as well as federal financial supports and responsibilities for the young adult with a disability who is unable to make this transition and life-impacting choices without additional support. The rationale is to use current information available as a springboard for discussions as well as future support for educators, families and others to further assist this special population with intellectual disabilities transition into a safe and successful social life of their community.