At ParentsCAN, we believe strongly that knowledge is power.
For this reason, we strive to provide you with the information you need to follow your own path of development toward independence.
Watch this video to learn more about how Jariel and his family accessed resources that encouraged them on his journey. And check out the resources below that you can use to become powerful as you make your own transition into adulthood!
Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Heath Care
As a child, your parents or caregivers probably helped you a lot with your health and health care needs—calling to set up appointments, filling out forms, and keeping track of medications.
As you grow older, managing these needs will become your responsibility. Achieving this independence requires an organized transition process. Check out these resources from Got Transition for help in guiding you to adult-centered health care. These resources includes links to stories, webinars and videos to help you.
Engaging in Youth Transitions
Download this guidebook from The Family Guideposts includes essential background information and recommendations for moving toward maximum independence and success in adulthood.
Learn Together with Your Peers!
Understood.org has created a special place on line for youths to share their own stories with each other. It's called "Understood by Us" and includes all kinds of content from people who learn and think differently.
Planning for Postsecondary Education
Are you wondering what your next steps might be after high school? From assessing your readiness for college to creating a plan to help you explore your career interests and goals, there are a wide range of resources out there to help you find options for postsecondary education. The resources and links on these pages from the Center for Parent Information and Resources are a great place to start.
Napa Valley Adult Education
Napa Valley College
Napa Valley College has a learning services center where people can test for learning disabilities and receive accommodations for their classes in their office of Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS)
Their mission is to ensure that all students with disabilities have equal access to all of the programs and services at Napa Valley College. Napa Valley College operates an integrated program and services model to maximize and simplify students’ opportunities for success.
The Ultimate Resource Guide for STEM Students with Autism
In an ideal world, anyone with a passion for science and the will to pursue it would be able to do so. But for many young autistic adults, opportunities to explore such interests are often frustratingly few and far between.
This collection of resources from the University of Texas can help you navigate ways to explore STEM areas including programming, game design, and environmental science among others.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Mental Health Resources
Download a Mental Health Activity Workbook just for you from the National Federation of Families to help you build a positive self image and feel comfortable expressing your feelings.
COVID-19 in Plain Language
Do you need help understanding the ins and outs of COVID? Check out this explanation from SARTAC (Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center) for explanations about the virus, vaccines, and wearing a mask to protect yourself.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Youth Program provides vocational services to Napa County youth between the ages of 14 to 24 years old who have a barrier to employment. The goal of the WIOA youth program is to help youth acquire the necessary skills and work experience to successfully transition into adulthood, careers, and further education and training. For additional information on the WIOA Youth program contact us at 707-253-4134.