The Trisomy 21 Program

Transitioning to Adult Care 

21 Transition Tips for Young Adults With Trisomy 21

The Trisomy 21 Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has put together five booklets that offer 21 tips as young adults with Down syndrome transition to adult care. This page offers a brief description of each and links to download the booklets.

Beyond high school graduation

High school graduation is a time for celebration. It also marks the beginning of another interesting and exciting journey — the transition from high school to adult life in the community. Planning for adult life should begin well before graduation. Here are 21 transition tips to help plan for a fulfilling life after graduation.

See Beyond High School Graduation.

Education and training after high school

There are many opportunities for young adults to enhance academic, vocational, social and self advocacy skills after high school. Post-secondary education and training are smart ways to build independence, get ahead in the job market and earn more money. These tips will help.

See Planning for Education and Training After High School.

Going to work

A job boosts confidence, provides structure and spending money, and enhances support networks. Finding the right job can be hard — here are some tips that can help. 

See Get Ready! Get Set! Let's Go to Work!

Moving out: Independent living

Many young adults dream of living in their own place and sharing good times with friends as they build independent lives. Here are 21 tips to help decide when it’s time to move, and to help find the right place, with appropriate support, in a welcoming neighborhood.

See Moving Into a Home of Your Own. 

Transitioning to adult healthcare

Leaving the care of pediatric specialists may be difficult. However, adults need adult practitioners. The transition should begin as children enter adolescence and be completed when they are in their early 20s. This transition is very important: healthy adults lead happier, longer and more active lives.

See From Pediatric to Adult Healthcare.


Date: October 2012

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