Youth Transition from High School

Transition – A New Beginning

Transitioning from school to adulthood should be an exciting time, but can often be overwhelming, confusing, and uncertain, especially for adults with disabilities. You need someone that can help you navigate all of your options, making sure you have all of the necessary services in place to make this next adventure in your life successful!

We are here to help.

  • Are you 17 years & 6 months older, looking for one place to go for information and assistance?
  • Graduating from high school, but not sure which step to take next?
  • Considering continuing your education?
  • Need a little help finding a job?
  • Looking to move out of your parent’s home, but not sure if you’re ready?

You are not alone! These are common questions when transitioning from high school to adulthood.  ADRC of Brown County can help you and your loved ones every step of the way.  Here’s how:

  • Information & Assistance Specialist: These trained staff will listen to your story, hear what goals you have set for yourself (or even help you set up goals), and guide you in finding the resources in the community that will work best for you. Information & Assistance staff give you all the options so that YOU can make all of the decisions.
  • Benefit Specialist: Provide information about eligibility for appropriate benefits and explain how to apply.  If you need help advocating for yourself or feel you have been incorrectly denied for benefits they can help. 

Let’s get started! Call ADRC at 920-448-4300.  We can help by phone, in our office at 300 S. Adams, Downtown Green Bay or make an appointment to come to your home.  

Partnering with Professionals

Are you a professional and would like to make a referral to the ADRC? Download the ADRC Referral form at the link below and email/fax/mail to the ADRC.

For those under 17 years & 6 months

Brown County Children’s Long-Term Support office can assist. Call 920-448-7884.

Brown County Community on Transition (CCoT)

Mission: Brown County Community on Transition involves planning for life after high school.  It is a cooperative process between parents, students, and teachers with help from other agencies as needed.  Formal transition planning should commence by the time a special education student turns 14.  It should support a student’s goals for living, learning, and working after they finish high school.

Meetings: Meetings are held monthly on the second Thursday, 8:30 – 10:30 am at various locations in Brown County.

For more information about CCoT and to get connected to this group, please contact Katie Erickson, Information & Assistance Specialist, Aging & Disability Resource Center.  ADRC 920-448-4300 Direct: 920-448-6470, email:

Youth Transition

from High School

ADRC Youth Transition Referral Form

For use by professionals to refer high school students age 17 years 6 months to the ADRC

Transition from High School - A New Beginning

Booklet to help you understand the decisions faced with this transition.  Includes listings of resources and checklists to start planning.  ADRC staff are always here to help.

WI FACETS is Wisconsin Family Assistance Center for Education, Training & Support

Website full of information for parents and others who care for and support children with disabilities.

Opening Doors to Self-Determination

Booklet for help in planning life after high school for students, school counselors, teachers, parents/guardians. Produced by State of Wisconsin Department of Instruction.

Opening Doors to Postsecondary Education and Training

Booklet for help in planning for Education and Training after high school students, school counselors, teachers, parents/guardians. Produced by State of Wisconsin Department of Instruction.

Opening Doors to Employment

Booklet for help in planning for employment after high school students, school counselors, teachers, parents/guardians. Produced by State of Wisconsin Department of Instruction.


Employment Guide for Persons with Disabilities

Outlines employment options including information on job assistance for older adults, veterans, and adults with disabilities. Examples are Social Security Administration Work Incentive programs, how to find funding, assistive technology, and legal issues and advocacy.

Information and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities

List of organizations that assist persons with disabilities and their families, i.e.: finding services, assistive technology, and support groups in addition to providing education and advocacy on disability related issues and so much more.

Durable Medical Exquipment - Donate - Purchase Used List

ADRC and Options for Independent Living Loan Closets are closed to lending and accepting items.

List of sources for donating equipment you have or to purchase used equipment.  Examples are assistive devices for the bathroom, bedroom, walkers, canes, wheelchairs, etc.  If you need to explore more options call the ADRC at 920-448-4300 for assistance.

Programs for Individuals with Disabilities

List of organizations that serve persons with disabilities with programs to help them stay active and learn new skills.

Respite Options for People with Special Needs

Explains what respite is, why it’s important, available respite options and where to get assistance to sort through those options.

ASPIRO 920-498-2599, 1673 Dousman Str., Green Bay, WI Agency serving individuals with disabilities.  Services such as early intervention, employment, and day services, and more.

CP 920-337-1122, 2801 South Webster Avenue, Green Bay, WI  Provides aquatic exercise, therapy services, adult day services, childcare, advocacy, and information.

Curative Connections 920-468-1161, 2900 Curry Ln, Green Bay, WI  A wide variety of services for older adults and adults with disabilities.  Dementia, adult day services, training and employment, rehabilitation, transportation and more.

Options for Independent Living 920-590-0500, 555 Country Club Road, Green Bay, WI Disability showcase model home and office.  Get hands on experience with assistive technology and adaptive equipment.  Provides advocacy, peer support, information, and referral.

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