Transition Planning for Youth & Young Adults

Transitioning to adulthood can be particularly challenging for youth with developmental disabilities and their families. A Services to Adults With Developmental Disabilities (STADD) navigator can help.

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:

  • You and people who are important to you
  • Teachers
  • Social workers
  • Doctors and nurses
  • Therapists
  • Counsellors
  • Government workers

Your team 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)


You and your planning team will use an online tool called Collaborate. You’ll use this tool to share ideas, your goals and steps you want to take. You'll also use it to share important assessment results and anything else that might help with your plans. Only you and your team will be able to see what you’ve shared.