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Center for Autism

To provide help and hope to children, adolescents, young adults, and their families living with autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental disorders through excellent clinical care, innovative research, quality education & training, and community engagement.

Center for Autism

Family Support

Education and Training

CalSTAT  California Services for Technical Assistance and Training (CalSTAT) is a California Department of Education, Special Education Division state funded project. The project supports and develops partnerships with schools and families by providing training, technical assistance and resources to both special education and general education. 

Information on Transition

NCSEY - Parent Brief - Information on Promoting Effective Parent Involvement in Secondary Education and Transition

Life After High School ~

“The Journey to Life After High School: A Road Map for Parents of Children with Special Needs”

This comprehensive guide examines the laws that impact a child with special needs, the importance of the individualized education plan, and the different paths a child with special needs can take after graduating from high school. “The Journey to Life after High School” not only provides the steps that need to be taken prior to graduation but also the preparation required for the new adult’s legal and medical rights.

Life After High School Guide website

Transition Resources Easy Reference Guide

Regional Center of Orange County   Regional Center of Orange County (RCOC) coordinates life-long services and supports for   individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.  The regional center is the first stop for individuals and families seeking to obtain local services and supports to help them live safely and with dignity in the community.

Tips for Parents: Helping Youth Develop Soft Skills for Job Success 
Tips for Parents: Helping Youth Develop Soft Skills for Job Success (Espanol)  Ayudando a los jóvenes a Desarrollar Habilidades Sociales para tener Éxito en el Trabajo: Consejos para los Padres y las Familias


Helping Youth Develop Soft Skills for Job Success (Podcast)
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) has just released a new podcast series for parents and families titled, “Helping Youth Develop Soft Skills for Job Success.”   This podcast series provides ideas for parents and families on activities they can do at home and include in their child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) to ensure he or she develops skills needed for job success by the time he or she completes high school. The podcast series includes the following four episodes:

Podcast Episode #1: “Helping Youth Develop Soft Skills for Job Success,” explains what soft skills  are, why they matter to employers, why teaching soft skills is especially important for youth  with disabilities, and how families can help youth develop these skills. Listen to Episode #1 (mp3). 
Podcast Episode #2: “How to Build Communication Skills for Job Success” explains what communication  skills, including verbal and nonverbal skills, matter to employers and shares practical ways that families can help youth develop them. Listen to Episode #2 (mp3).
Podcast Episode #3: “How to Build Interpersonal Skills for Job Success” explains what interpersonal skills practical ways that families can help youth develop them. Listen to Episode #3 (mp3).
Podcast Episode #4: “How to Build Lifelong Learning Skills for Job Success” explains what lifelong learning  skills matter to employers, including taking initiative and decision making skills, and shares practical ways that families can help youth develop them. Listen to Episode #4 (mp3).

Parent Timeline for Transition Activities
Parent Timeline for Transition Actions Needed

Independence Day: An Exercise for Parents
Foster Independence - Suggestions  

Transition Planning Checklist for Students/Parents

Transition Planning Checklist for Student and Parents Espanol 

Age of Majority Information for Parents  

Health Care Notebook

This page includes tools, resources, and links to information that will assist families in successfully partnering with their child’s medical home.

Kids and the Law: An A-to-Z Guide for Parents  is designed to give parents a basic overview of some of the laws that apply to children—laws created, in many instances, to help safeguard your youngsters at school, in part-time jobs and at play. This updated version of the guide can also help you understand your rights and responsibilities as a parent and assist you in answering your children’s questions about the law

Parenting Post Secondary Students with Disabilities  this article addresses the role of parents as mentors, advocates, and guides.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act for Colleges

SSI and Self-Sufficiency Information Kit for Teachers, Parents, and Counselors
SSA Starter Kit for children under 18 and adults The Disability Starter Kit will help you get ready for your disability interview or online application. Kits are available for adults and for children under age 18.

The starter kits provide information about the specific documents and the information that we will request from you. We will ask for more details during your interview.

The kits also provide general information about the disability programs and our decision-making process that can help take some of the mystery out of applying for disability benefits.

California Family Empowerment Centers

- Team of Advocates for Special Kids, Inc. (Anaheim)
- The Parents’ Place Family Resource Center (San Gabriel/Pomona)
- Westside Family Resource and Empowerment Center (LA County)

Family Resource Center Network of California website includes a listing of Family Support Sites

Contact Us

Terri Wert
Transition Services at Harper
425 E. 18th Street A-20
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Phone 949-515-5343
Fax 949-515-6865

Transition Services Contacts by School Site

California Career Center Resource Network-Education and Training Options

Education, training, and life experiences you never thought about are waiting for you: start your exploration with options like apprenticeships and national service, then learn about California's college options

OC Aspergers Support Group

OC Aspergers Support Group With our great resources, activities and events, we help inform, educate and support families affected by Asperger’s and ultimately help improve the quality of life of all our members.