Transition Planning for Youth & Young Adults

Transitioning to adulthood can be particularly challenging for youth with developmental disabilities and their families.  A navigator can help you plan for the future and your transition into adulthood. They can help you form a planning team and coordinate supports and services from government and agencies.

This service may be right for you if you:

  • Have a developmental disability
  • Are between 16 and 24 years old
  • Will be eligible for help from Community Living BC after age 19


With a navigator, you can plan:

  • Where you are going to live
  • If you want to go to school or find a job
  • What kinds of hobbies you want to try
  • What your personal goals are

The first thing your navigator does is get to know you and those who support you such as family and friends. They ask questions about you, like:

  • Where you live
  • Who you live with
  • What grade you are in if you are in school
  • What you like to do
  • What you are good at
  • What you would like to get better at

Planning Team

Navigators help to bring together a team of people who will help you make a plan for when you become an adult. Your team can include:

  • Yourself and those who are important to you
  • Teachers
  • Social workers
  • Doctors and nurses
  • Therapists
  • Counsellors
  • Government workers

They can help you:

  • Find out what you like to do
  • Set and meet goals for your future or to learn new things
  • Find help from government and people in your community
  • Apply for Community Living BC and other programs that may help you reach your goals
  • Share your story with other people who can help

When you’re done, you’ll have a plan that’s all about you.

Your Plan

Your plan will show:

  • Big goals (like having enough money to live on your own)
  • Milestones, which are medium-sized steps that help you meet your big goals (like getting a job)
  • Action items, which are small steps that help you meet your milestones  (like writing a resume)


Your planning team and you will use an online tool called Collaborate to share ideas, your goals and steps you want to take, important assessment results, and anything else that might help with your plans. Only you and your team can see what you’ve shared. 

Find a Navigator

Navigators are available in:

  • Kamloops/Merritt and some surrounding communities
  • Nanaimo and some surrounding communities
  • Prince George and some surrounding communities
  • Surrey
  • Fraser Region – service starting April 2016. Call to find out more
Call: 1-855-356-5609

Access Collaborate

Evaluation Report

Find out about the history of the navigator program, success stories and an in-depth look at the program’s progress so far:


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