Transition Planning

There are key transition points in every child’s life, such as the transition into school, change in classrooms or teachers, starting secondary school, and graduation from secondary school.  Life events such as the birth of a sibling, family moving, separation, etc. can also affect a child or youth.

Transitions can be especially challenging for children and youth with special support needs, including developmental disabilities, Autism, mental health concerns, medical and physical conditions.  There are Service Coordination supports for families to help plan for successful transitions.  Call Contact Brant at 519-758-8228 for more information.

The transition to adulthood for youth at age 18 is an important time because there will be significant changes in services and school.  The most successful transitions happen when youth, their family, the school, and services work together to develop a plan for the future.  Planning includes looking at what you want your teenager’s life to look like as an adult.  Early planning, starting at least by age 14, and planning together provides opportunities to ensure youth have a good life in the future.

Contact Brant is your first place to contact to get the services you need, and help to plan for transitions for children and youth ages 0 – 18 who have social, emotional, behavioural, psychiatric, and/or developmental concerns or special needs.  Contact Brant makes it easy for you through just one phone call.  We also provide information to anyone who calls about available services in the Brant area.

Having a clear place to call for support is important in our community, to make it easier for families to access services for their child, and to reduce families having to repeat their story.

Anyone can refer a child or youth to Contact Brant services, including a child, youth, parent, guardian or professional.  Call 519-758-8228, or use this secure referral link Contact Brant Referral.


Resources on Transition Planning for Youth with a Developmental Disability:

Almost There Planning for Transition

Autism Ontario – Transitioning to Adulthood Resources

Creating a Good Life in Community, A Guide on Person-Directed Planning

Consideration for Transition Planning for Youth with a Developmental Disability

Developmental Services Ontario

Individual Support Planning

Individualized Funding Library

Inventory of Local Housing Resources – Brant updated March 5 2020 pdf

Transitioning– Your guide to transitioning your child with a developmental disability to adulthood.

Self Advocacy My Life Workbook

Click here for the Partners for Planning website: