Integrated Transition Planning - Alberta Human Services - Government of Alberta

Integrated Transition Planning

Transition” – the passage from one stage or place to another – can be both exciting and, at times, overwhelming for families.

The FSCD program recognizes all children, youth and families go through changes. For families of children with disabilities, transitions may be more complex or require more proactive planning.

The FSCD program recognizes that there may be a need for families to focus more on transition planning during key changes or events in a child’s/youth’s life, such as when:

  • a child is first diagnosed or a disability is identified;
  • a child returns home from the hospital;
  • a child starts an early intervention program;
  • a child starts a new school program; or
  • a youth approaches age 18, marking a transition to adulthood.

The FSCD program can assist families during these times of transition by providing information, service referral and planning.

Integrated Transition Planning for Youth with Disabilities

Human Services programs – including Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD), Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD), Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH), Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee (OPGT), and Alberta Works – are committed to assisting youth and their families with planning for the future, supporting youth in reaching their full potential, and coordinating access to programs and services they may need.

All youth age 16 and 17 who are accessing the FSCD program are supported by a transition planning team consisting of Human Services program staff and community partners. The team works with the youth and their family to create a Transition to Adulthood Plan. This plan helps the youth identify and achieve their goals and vision for the future. Transition planning meetings are held with the youth and team members to develop, review, and monitor the youth’s plan. Working together in an integrated way sets a strong foundation for youth to experience a smooth transition to adulthood and to achieve their goals.

Learn more about how having a vision for the future can help with the transition to adulthood.

For more information on programs or services offered by the Government of Alberta, visit

Transition Planning Brochure

Information for Albertans with Disabilities

Modified: 2018-05-25
PID: 15864