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Interagency & Community Systems for Serving Youth with Disabilities

This resource site provides an overview of the major federal services and funding streams serving youth with disabilities.

The lives of students with disabilities and their families are often touched by a multitude of services throughout their lifetime. As adolescents with disabilities make the transition from school to adult life, a new array of services and programs become available to support them. To fully benefit from these resources and to create a high quality of adult life, individuals with disabilities, families, advocates, school personnel, and community providers need a good understanding of how to find available services, resources, and funds in order to create opportunities for achievement of an enviable adult life.


Education includes information on everything from general education resources, to program specific information regarding Special Education, Rehabilitation Services, VR, Postsecondary Education and many more. Learn about various departments, programs, and legislation in Education which provide critical funding and services for young adults with disabilities.

Health and Human Services

Health and Human Services includes information on Health related issues, such as Medicare and HCBS waivers, as well as important programs and services such as DD Councils, Protection and Advocacy, and the President's Committee on Mental Retardation for providing high quality services to young adults with disabilities.

Juvenile Justice

Juvenile Justice provides information related to youth with disabilities in the juvenile justice system, including model programs and resources for transition services for this growing population.


Employment includes helpful information about various services, programs and legislation related to the employment of youth with disabilities. Employment explores workforce training options, community resources, and various funding opportunities.

Social Security

Social Security provides information related to youth and young adults with disabilities applying for or receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).


The Transition Coalition and the Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT) have collected and disseminated these tips in an effort to enhance public access to information about transition activities. Our intention is to provide resources that are current and accurate. We do not endorse or promote any of the products, websites or ideas presented in the tips. Although every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of this information, we can make no guarantees. We will, of course, make every effort to correct errors brought to our attention. If you find an error in one of the tips listed, you may contact us. Please credit the source when copying all or part of this material.