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Transition Tools

These tools will help you prepare for the transition to adulthood.

The transition to adulthood is a significant and exciting time in a person’s life. For youth with special healthcare needs and their families, this journey is no less rewarding but requires careful planning and knowledge of valuable resources to assist in the transition. We’re here to provide this support and help you and your family prepare for what lies ahead.

We have developed a set of checklists and materials to help youth and their families learn and practice new skills and gain greater confidence and independence. You can search for these resources by category or region on the right side of this page.

We’ve also compiled some of our most popular checklists and materials into one convenient packet for ease of reference:

We also have a booklet that includes information and resources that can be useful in planning for government benefits and health insurance:

If you are interested in receiving a printed copy of the toolkit or the Guide to Adult Benefits, Services and Resources, please click here.

We are eager to partner with you to make the journey to adulthood as successful as possible.

Healthcare Resources

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independence Resources

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work Resources

  • McHenry County Workforce Network Young Adult Internship Program

    The McHenry County Workforce Network Young Adult Internship Program provides opportunities for young adults up to age 24, including paid internships, training, certification and more.

    Paid internships at local companies throughout McHenry County including positions in retail, offices, public works departments, not-for-profit organizations and many more.

    Classroom training including resume development, interview preparation, career exploration, job search training, etc.

  • Job Accommodation Network

    The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) provides free consulting services for all employees, regardless of the condition. Services include one-on-one consultation about all aspects of job accommodations, including the accommodation process, accommodation ideas, product vendors, referral to other resources and Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance assistance.

  • Tips for Being an Effective Teleworker

    The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology provides these tips to provide teleworking strategies and best practices for employers and employees.

    Though they were designed with people with disabilities in mind, they provide information that can be useful to anyone who is transitioning to remote work.

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