The Family Transition Project supports individuals and families who want to explore the possibilities of community life, for those currently living in large institutions. Hope is at the heart of the Family Transition Project. We offer resources, advocacy, and encouragement through our unique lens of personal experience to people with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families who are in the process of transitioning from institutional to community living or just considering a transition. We share our own transition success stories and those of loved ones and many other FTP families.
Family Transition Project Mentors are a group of six self-advocates who have lived in state operated institutions and can speak personally to the challenges and benefits of transitioning to the community. They will engage one on one with individuals with I/DD and their families or address large groups.
We know that transitions are all different and people face different barriers, so we offer a listening ear and compassionate support to individuals and their families. We share choices that have worked, but don’t prescribe cookie cutter solutions. We are here to support individuals and families as they work towards their own specific goals.
Family advocates meet one on one with self-advocates and their families by phone, email, or in person – whatever is most helpful. We are here to listen and learn their histories, their needs, and their concerns.
Each SODC assists individuals who would like to live in the community to find a provider that will help them fulfill their wants and needs. This is done through person centered planning with their Individual Support Team in conjunction with the Transition Coordinator, Bureau of Transitions Services Center Representative and their Individual Service Coordinator. The individual’s wishes are paramount in this process. The individual is given the option to visit various providers and choose the provider and location that is the best fit. Once a provider has been chosen and the individual has moved, the SODC provides monitoring weekly for the first four weeks and monthly after that for a year. The SODC also provides technical assistance and support should issues arise with the placement.