What is “Transitioning Youth”?
Generally, refers to the students leaving the school system and accessing vocational supports and services.
The formal process of student transition begins in the school system when a child is 14 and will continue over the next few years with planning and related activity. This occurs in preparation for the time when the student will leave school for the adult world. Eligible students with developmental disabilities are entitled to remain in school until the year of their 21st birthday.
Planning with Your Coordinator of Community Services
A coordinator can assist the student and family with transition planning and will help the eligible student access funding from the Developmental Disabilities Administration.. As part of the discussion and planning process with your coordinator, you may be provided with a variety of resources pertinent to the county in which you live, as well as other regional, state or national resources. This may include information about employment, government benefits, advocacy, college, health insurance, housing, futures and estates planning, recreation, transportation, and so much more. The information is tailored to address each person’s individualized planning.
Governor’s Transitioning Youth Initiative
Students who meet eligibility and financial criteria, may access services through the Developmental Disabilities Administration’s (DDA) Governor’s Transitioning Youth Initiative (GTYI). GTYI eligible students can seek supported employment or other day services through DDA’s network of licensed provider agencies or through self-directed services Obtaining funding will depend upon the person’s eligibility for DDA services, the availability of funding, and completing the process within a specific timeframe. DDA services are eligibility-based, not an entitlement like services from the school system..
Service Coordination, Inc.:
Developmental Disabilities Administration:
Maryland Department of Disabilities:
Maryland Department of Disabilities Transition website:
Department of Rehabilitation Services:
Social Security Administration:
Maryland Health Connection:
Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council:
Disability Rights Maryland (DRM):
(formerly Maryland Disability Law Center)
Maryland Technology Assistance Program: