Yes, early intervention is extremely important for a child with FASD, but we need to remember that  many of the difficulties that children with FASD experience continue into adulthood. It is important that services continue after a child has completed their school-age years. Unfortunately, many adults and older individuals with FASD have a hard time accessing services and end up experiencing many secondary disabilities, such as financial difficulty, trouble in the workplace, and inability to live independently.

So I was delighted to come across an article called “When the Bus Stops Coming: Special Education Students Face Life After Graduation” in Leesburg Today from Loudon County, Virginia about the services offered by Loudon County Public Schools’ (LCPS) Career Transition Services Department. The department recently hosted a fair called “When the Bus Stops Coming” to provide employment and housing information to students who will likely not be able to live/work independently following the transition from school into adulthood.

Several times in the article, the apparent lack of resources and options for these teens/adults with disabilities is mentioned.  In response to this, the article mentions several great resources in the county and the state, such as:

FOR OUR CANADIAN READERS:

The article stresses the importance of starting early when transition planning. Start researching now! In order to help you get your planning underway, check out these Canadian sites:
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LMAPD Report by Province Pages in each province’s most recent annual LMAPD report outlining employment services in that province for adults with disabilities:
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