Transition to Adulthood

The transition of youth to adulthood has become a priority issue nationwide. Over 90 percent of children with special health care needs now live to adulthood, but are less likely than their non-disabled peers to complete high school, attend college or to be employed. Health and health care are cited as two of the major barriers to making successful transitions.

North Dakota’s goal is to increase the percent of youth with special health care needs who have received the services necessary to make transitions to all aspects of adult life, including adult health care, work, and independence.


The National CSHCN Survey provides State and National level data on the percent of parents of children with special health care needs reporting that their child receives support in the transition to adult health care and vocational and career training. This survey, conducted every four years, provides National and State estimates.




Data Resource Center for Child & Adolescent Health:

Outcome #6 CSHCN Youth receive services needed for transition to adulthood

The Data Resource Center for Child & Adolescent Health provides information concerning children with special health care needs and their transition to adulthood. Outcome #6 assesses transition services for CSHCN age 12-17 years old as they move to adult services, including health insurance coverage, changing providers and the increasing need for self‐care that are critical for transition to adulthood. Nationally, only 40% of CSHCN receive transition services, with states ranging from 31.7% - 52.7%, as measured in the 2009/10 NS-CSHCN. The transition to adulthood is a critical developmental period during which youth undergo extra stress and are particularly vulnerable.  



Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT)

Division on Career Development and Transition, a division of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), is an organization whose membership promotes active engagement in transition activities for youth and adults with disabilities.

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) assists state and local workforce development systems to better serve all youth, including youth with disabilities. NCWD/Youth offers a range of technical assistance services to state and local workforce investment boards, youth councils and other workforce development system youth programs.

North Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation

DVR assists individuals with disabilities to achieve competitive employment and increased independence through rehabilitation services. We provide training and employment services to eligible individuals with physical or mental impairments so they can become and remain employed. Services that result in competitive employment are either provided or purchased.

Think College

This website provides information and links on postsecondary education for students with intellectual disabilities, family members and professionals. The site has a searchable database, discussion board, listserv, and resources.

Youth Forward

Youth Forward is anything and everything that connects people ages 14-24 to a future in North Dakota. It’s easy to overlook opportunities in your own state when you don’t know they exist. Youth Forward works to promote jobs, entertainment, education, and more opportunities for youth looking to stay in North Dakota.


The Youthhood is a dynamic, curriculum-based tool that can help young adults plan for life after high school. Although the site addresses youth directly, it is intended to be used as a curriculum within a classroom, community program, or in any setting where adults are working with youth to set goals and plan for the future. Youthhood includes information content, interactive activities and a wealth of other opportunities for youth to connect what’s important to them to their learning experience.


A-STEP – Adult Student Transition Education Program

Adult-Student Transition Education Program (A-STEP) is an educational initiative to provide an alternative transition and postsecondary education program for students with intellectual disabilities (ID). A-STEP is a two year program on the campus of Minot State University, coordinated by the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities (NDCPD), in which participants enroll in 3 to 6 semester hours of academic courses each semester either from Minot State University or Dakota College at Bottineau, along with GPS (Goals + Plan = Success) LifePlan seminars. These seminars are personalized for the level of each student and focused on career, self-determination, social skills, and independent living.  

Mapping Your Future

Mapping Your Future's mission is to enable individuals to achieve life-long success by empowering schools, students, and families with free, web-based college, financial aid, career, and financial literacy information and services.

North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities (NDCPD)

The North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities at Minot State University conducts a wide range of projects serving the disability community. Many of these projects are funded through grants and contracts with outside agencies. The mission of NDCPD is: To provide service, education, and research which empowers communities to welcome, value and support the well-being and quality of life for people of all ages and abilities.

North Dakota Department of Public Instruction

The Superintendent of Public Instruction is required to enforce all state statutes and federal regulations pertaining to the establishment and maintenance of public schools and related programs, supervise the ND Schools for the Deaf and Blind, and the State Library, operate the Department of Public Instruction efficiently and effectively, expand the delivery options that increase educational opportunities for all North Dakota citizens, evaluate and communicate educational policy and vision to all North Dakota residents and serve as an advocate for adequate financial resources to support public education.

RU ready ND College Access Network

This site provides several features to assist in your education and career planning. Explore college’s nationwide, browse 1, 000 careers and start planning your road to the future.

PEDIATRIC TO ADULT HEALTH is the federal government website for comprehensive information on disability programs and services in communities nationwide. The site links to more than 14,000 resources from federal, state and local government agencies; academic institutions; and nonprofit organizations. You can find answers to questions about everything from Social Security benefits to employment to affordable and accessible housing.

Got Transition?

Got Transition? is a national resource center for health care professionals, families, youth, and state policy makers focusing on a young adult's transition from pediatric to adult health care. This site serves as the basis for an information exchange about health care transition, particularly as pertaining to youth with special health care needs.

Healthy and Ready to Work National Resource Center

This site focuses on understanding systems, access to quality health care, and increasing the involvement of youth. It also includes provider preparation plus tools and resources needed to make more informed choices.
HRSA Health Resource and Service Administration

HRSA health centers care for you, even if you have no health insurance. You pay what you can afford, based on your income. Health centers provide
     • checkups when you're well
     • treatment when you're sick
     • complete care when you're pregnant
     • immunizations and checkups for your children
     • dental care and prescription drugs for your family
     • mental health and substance abuse care if you need it

Interagency Program for Assistive Technology (IPAT)

The Interagency Program for Assistive Technology (IPAT) is a non-profit organization that strives to bring assistive technology into the lives of all North Dakotan’s that need it. No matter your age, needs, or disability, we are here for you. IPAT keeps an up-to-date on the latest advances in the world of assistive technology so that they can help you connect to the assistive technology device or service that is right for you. They offer the following assistance:
     • Equipment Demonstration Centers
     • Equipment Rental Program
     • Assistive technology Funding Programs
     • Equipment Exchange Program
     • Telecommunications Programs
     • Device Distribution Program
     • Assistive technology Consultations

Dakota Center for Independent Living

Dakota Center for Independent Living promotes full inclusion for people with disabilities by advocating for the reduction of architectural, social and attitudinal barriers. Dakota Center for Independent Living is a consumer controlled, community based, non-profit agency assisting people with disabilities live independently in their community.

Outreach services are provided in eighteen South Central and South West N.D. counties, Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and the southern part of the Fort Berthold Reservation.


Family Voices of North Dakota

Family Voices aims to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities. Through this national network, Family Voices provides families tools to make informed decisions, advocates for improved public and private policies, builds partnerships among professionals and families, and serves as a trusted resource on health care.

ND Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

ND Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health is a parent-run organization focused on the needs of children and youth with emotional, behavioral or mental disorders and their families.

Pathfinder Parent Center

Pathfinder’s unites parents and teachers with the resources to build positive futures for and with children, students and young adults with learning differences or challenges.  

This is not meant to be an extensive list of resources. More resources may be found on our website at the North Dakota Department of Health website at .