Ages 18-22

Transition Planning into Adulthood

Transition services are based on the individual student’s needs, taking into account his/her strengths, preferences, and interests. These services help young adults to live, work, participate in the community, and go on to further education or training as independently as possible when they leave high school.

Federal “Turning 22” Law
Transition services are defined by federal law (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA) as a “coordinated set of activities…designed to be within a results oriented process,…to facilitate the student’s movement from school to post-school activities.”

Massachusetts Resources:
MA Transition Planning Tool – Exceptional Lives

Educational Advocacy:

How to get Special Education Services Tool – Exceptional Lives

State Agencies:
Executive Office of Human & Health Services (EOHHS)

Additional Resources:

MassOptions – Free resource that links you to services that help you or a loved one live independently

Supported Decision Making,  Alternatives & Guardianship
Guardianship Tool – Exceptional Lives

Legal Support

Future Planning


Social Security
Social Security Tool – Exceptional Lives


Connect With Us:

To schedule a one hour, consult please fill out the Intake Form below:

The Arc of Greater Haverhill-Newburyport Family Support Center Referral

Formulario al Centro de Apoyo Familiar Del Arc de Greater Haverhill-Newburyport

For additional support contact:

Current Family Support Hours:
Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm, appointments preferred.
Extended hours are offered by appointment only.