Health Issues

Adolescent Health Transition Project
The Center on Human Development and Disability has put together resources for teens and young adults with special health care needs, chronic illness, and physical or developmental disabilities. Here you can find tools, websites, diagnosis-specific information, and information on local support groups. To find out more about how school nurses can and should be involved in the IEP or how to include health care in the school transition plan visit the Transition and School section of the project.

Center for Children with Special Health Care Needs
This site is sponsored by Seattle Children’s Hospital and offers information for teenagers on self-advocacy, moving to adult health care, keeping track of medical information, planning for the future, and how to communicate with others about their health care needs. There is even a survey to help students know where to start. If you are looking for forms, documents, or classroom handouts (i.e., activities log, care schedule, care plans, safety information, or the Teen Transition Planning Documents) go directly to the Documents and Forms section.

Got Transition
The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health offers 3 transition tool packages that assist health care providers, educators, and families. Especially helpful for transition planning and IEP health care needs assessment is the skills checklist and videos. This information can be found in the Youth & Families section.

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services: Signs & Types of Abuse
DSHS offers this link as a guide for recognizing the signs and types of abuse.

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services: Report Abuse 
The following link provides information on how to report abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult or a child in Washington State.

Books about Health for Individuals with Disabilities

Adults with Down Syndrome
People with Down syndrome are living longer, fuller lives than ever before — and now for the first time ever, there’s a comprehensive, reader-friendly book on the social, clinical, legal, and personal issues they’ll navigate in adulthood. Internationally recognized authority Siegfried Pueschel blends contributions from respected experts with first-person essays by adults with Down syndrome themselves. Together, they answer readers' critical questions about what adults experience and how to support their goals, dreams, choices, and overall well-being.

The Facts of Life...and More: Sexuality and Intimacy for People with Intellectual Disabilities
Making good decisions about sexuality is a critical part of adulthood, but sometimes people with intellectual disabilities don't get the support or education they need to navigate this complex aspect of life. Professionals will change that with this urgently-needed book, which gives social workers, teachers, and direct support professionals the comprehensive information they need to educate people with disabilities about sexuality and help them make the best possible choices across the lifespan.

Transition & Employment
List of transition books by Brookes Publishing.