Transition from School to Adult Life

Division services are available to people 21 or older who meet all other eligibility requirements.

Students receiving services through school are able to continue doing so through age 21. If you choose to graduate or leave school between the ages of 18 and 21, it is important to discuss service options with your school’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team and transition coordinator.

To stay up-to-date on transition-related news and events, join the Transition Listserv

Transition to Adult Life Brochure - English

Transition to Adult Life Brochure - Spanish

Individuals & Families Welcome Sessions Flyer - English

Individuals & Families Welcome Sessions Flyer - Spanish


Quarterly Welcome Sessions for Individuals and Families

We welcome and encourage individuals and their families to attend one of our virtual Quarterly Transition Welcome Sessions, held the first and fourth Thursday of the month in September, January, April, and July. These sessions are an opportunity to learn more about what DDD has to offer and how to prepare for adult life. 

Upcoming Sessions

Register Now for Thursday, September 28, 2023, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

Resources for Schools and Community Organizations


DDD can conduct a presentation to your group in person or through a personalized webinar. Presentations are usually one to two hours long, with time included for questions. Presentation topics available include (1) Navigating the DDD Service System, (2) Learning About Employment, and (3) Preparing for a Bright Future: First Hand Experiences of a Person with a Disability.

Request a DDD Presentation

Resource Days

During a DDD Resource Day, schools can schedule 15- to 20-minute time slots for school personnel, students, and/or family members to meet one-on-one with a DDD staff member to ask questions and seek guidance. DDD will work with schools to organize a transition or employment related Resource Day. DDD can conduct Resource Days during or after school hours, either virtually or in person.

Request a DDD Resource Day

Information/Exhibit Table

DDD is available to participate in school/transition fairs and conferences with an information/exhibit table, with at least one DDD information specialist on hand to provide information and answer questions.

Request a DDD Information/Exhibit Table

Other Resources

Planning for Adult Life

In addition to our own outreach, the Division supports Planning for Adult Life.  This program has a wealth of written materials and archived webinars available on their website. They also run monthly student and parent clubs, coordinate various transition events throughout the year, and have staff available upon request to conduct presentations on a variety of topics.

The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities

The Boggs Center, New Jersey’s federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, has many publications and learning opportunities available, including a one-page transition resource.

DDD Suport Coordination Information

Every person who receives DDD-funded services must select (or be auto-assigned) a Support Coordination Agency to provide care management. The cost for Support Coodination services is paid by DDD and is not deducted from the person's up-to budget amount. Please visit the Individuals and Families Support Coordination page for information, including DDD's up-to-date list of approved Support Coordination Agencies. 


Graduates Timeline

The DDD Graduates Timeline outlines the steps needed to apply for and begin receiving home and community-based services for adults. Use the menu bars below to see summaries of the information in the timeline.

  • Apply for Medicaid eligibility. (It is recommended that individuals turning 18 apply for SSI, since approval of SSI makes you automatically Medicaid eligible in New Jersey.)
  • Submit the Application for Determination of Eligibility to the Division. (If you were already determined to be eligible for developmental disability services through the Children’s System of Care, within the Department of Children and Families, you may be able to submit the SHORT Application.)
  • After the Division receives and reviews your application, you will be scheduled to complete the NJ Comprehensive Assessment Tool

September-June: Preparation and Planning

  • Attend a DDD Welcome Session.
  • Participate in activities offered through Planning for Adult Life.
  • Use the Division’s Person-Centered Planning Tool to identify your vision for work and life, and the supports that may be needed to achieve it.
  • Learn about Support Coordination and service providers.

February-April: Support Coordination Agency Selection and Assignment

April-June: Service Plan Development

  • The Support Coordinator is responsible for writing the Individualized Service Plan (ISP), with guidance from the planning team (student, family, providers, etc.) and information gathered during the Person-Centered Planning process and completion of the NJCAT.
  • *The ISP should be completed and approved before the student exits the school system so that services will be in place upon graduation.