The key word being "transition", moving toward adult life skills, settings and responsibilties. During your child's transition years, PLAN for success >> think about what assistive technology he or she needs to try out and learn how to use in order to be as independent and SUCCESSFUL as possible in their adult life .
- Activities of daily: bathing, dressing, voiding, eating, cooking, cleaning
- Recreation, sports and health
- Transportation: driving, public transportation, or just navigating around a community or college campus.
- Class or study tools: College requires more reading and writing. Learning how to use AT devices effectively should not be part of the first week at college: reading (text to speech), writing papers ( speech to text or adapted key boarding devices), note taking, or other devices
- What jobs are possible with AT? or What AT can help my student do a specific job? Use AT for "job exploration", summer jobs, internships and after school jobs. (these experiences are really a major key to employment in adult life). Remember you can contact Easter Seals Iowa AT Program at 866-866-8272 or firstname.lastname@example.org for ideas and information.
It really is never to early to start thinking about the AT your child will need for adult life.