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Transition Resources

Transition Guides for Parents

Transition Resource Easy Reference Guide   Name of Reference, phone number and email address 

Transition Planning Resource Directory 2016-17 The purpose of this directory is to acquaint students, consumers, parents, instructional staff, and service providers with post-school training options for adults with developmental disabilities.

Adult Program Visitation Guide - This document is from the resource listed above and is a list of suggested questions that a Regional Center of Orange County consumer and/or parents might ask adult service providers when visiting adult day programs

Affordable Housing

Area Board XI: California State Council on Developmental Disabilities 

Orange County Community Resource Guide 

California State Resources - One Stop Guide


Conservatorship Information  What is it? How to begin a Conservatorship? Where to file?  

Conservatorship Resources 

Superior Court of California County of Orange Information on Conservatorship

Limited Conservatorship Facts  (State Council on Developmental Disabilities: Area Board XI Brochure)

Handbook for Conservators  (California Courts Self-Help Center) This handbook begins at the point where you have been appointed conservator of person, estate, or limited conservator of a person or estate.  It is not a do-it-yourself handbook. It explains what is expected of you and suggests resources to help.

Spanish/Español: Manual para Tutores
Obligaciones del tutor (Centro de Auto-Ayuda de las Tribunales de California) Este manual inicia en el punto en que usted ha sido nombrado con la tutela de una persona, bienes, o con tutela limitada de una persona o bienes. No es un manual para que usted lo haga todo por sí mismo. Explica lo que se espera de usted y sugiere los recursos para ayudarle.

Crisis Line - Suicide Prevention 


Recreation Resource Guide 

This guide is a resource from the Regional Center of Orange County and the Comfort Connection Family Resource Center

Comfort Connection Family Resource Center - Parent Support Group List A to Z
Comfort Connection is a family resource center that provides resources and support to families who have children with special needs.  

Orange County Resources for Foster Youth

Orange County Strong Families 2-1-1
By dialing 2-1-1, you reach a free, 24-hour information and referral helpline linking you to thousands of local health and human service programs in Orange County, CA. Staffed 24 hours per day by caring, experienced and trained specialists, and available anytime through our online resource database, 2-1-1 Orange County can help you connect with resources for:

Council for Exceptional Children  
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, advocates for individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice. 


ICI Institute for Community Inclusion 
For over 40 years, the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) has worked to ensure that people with disabilities have the same opportunity to dream big, and make their dreams a fully included, integrated, and welcomed reality. As a leader not only in Massachusetts, but also nationally and internationally, ICI strives to create a world where all people with disabilities are welcome and fully included in valued roles wherever they go, whether a school, workplace, volunteer group, home, or any other part of the community. All of ICI's efforts stem from one core value: that people with disabilities are more of an expert than anyone else. Therefore, people with disabilities should have the same rights and controls and maintain lives based on their individual preferences, choices, and dreams. 

Best Buddies is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment.

Braille Institute    The Braille Institute provides education and counseling services for people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired. The Institute also has a talking book library, Braille and recording services, and low vision consultants.

Disability Benefits 101 
(DB101) helps workers, job seekers, and service providers understand the connections between work and benefits. DB101 brings together rules for health coverage, benefit, and employment programs that people with disabilities use. The site has benefits planning calculators to use with all kinds of benefits planning strategies. DB101 calculators help with transitions to and from working while having a disability. Experts at DB101 will also respond to your questions on benefits.

Disability Disclosure The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities   
This workbook is designed for youth (and adults who work with them) to help learn about disability disclosure. The workbook helps young people make informed decisions about whether or not to disclose their disability and understand how that decision may impact education, employment, and social lives. Based on the premise that disclosure is a very personal decision, the Workbook helps young people think about and practice disclosing their disability.


Guide to Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act for Colleges

Heath Resource Center: Online Clearinghouse on Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Disabilities 

OC One Stop Center is designed to meet the needs of the employer and job seeker.  These Centers are intended to provide a more coordinated, customer-friendly, locally driven workforce development system.  Most of the services and resources are free due to federal funding; however, some services could be offered on a fee basis.


Spanish Language Website from NIH
Health information featured on the new website includes publications on epilepsy, autism, as well as many other neurological disorders. The publications can be downloaded or ordered free of charge. The website also provides information on clinical studies, links to non-profit organizations that offer information and assistance on neurological disorders, and a contact form where people can submit questions on topics related to health and biomedical research.

SOY (Save Our Youth) is a violence prevention center serving at-risk youth in Costa Mesa. SOY's Academic and Scholarship program assists SOY members, grades 7 - 12, with homework.

Contact Us

Terri Wert
Transition Services at Harper
425 E. 18th Street A-20
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Phone 949-515-5343
Fax 949-515-6865
twert@nmusd.us


Transition Services Contacts by School Site

Programs for at Risk Youth and Young Adult

CSP Youth Offender Program   CSP’s Full Service Partnerships coordinate the service delivery for youth and families who have complex needs and are involved with multiple service providers. Youth and their families meet regularly with experienced clinicians and case managers to resolve and overcome the problems, challenges and difficulties which prompted the referral.

Hope Builders
Hope Builders pays youth $1600 ($100 per week) to train in Construction, Healthcare or Business Applications. In addition to 16 weeks of hard skills training, Hope Builders provides:

  • 28 months of life skills and mentoring
  • Help to resolve criminal or legal issues
  • Childcare and transportation assistance, if eligible
  • On-going job coaching & placement assistance
  • Links to ongoing education and training
  • Various life skills and career building workshops

Sunburst Youth Academy
The mission of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program is to intervene in and reclaim the lives of sixteen to eighteen-year-old high school dropouts; to produce program graduates with the values, life skills, education, and self discipline necessary to succeed as productive citizens.


Long Beach Job Corps
Job Corps is a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 through 24 improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training.

Orange County Conservation Corps
he young men and women that are accepted into the OCCC program have encountered many obstacles most of their lives, preventing them from succeeding.

This program helps them overcome the barriers and provides them the following opportunities:

  • On-the-job training
  • Earning a paycheck while completing the program
  • Preset incentives for a variety of accomplishments including perfect attendance and forklift certification
  • Access to our on-site food bank
  • An education program to earn their high school diploma which includes tutoring
  • Scholarships that can be applied to post secondary education such as college or vocational school
  • Attending a variety of on-site workshops to develop life skills, such as financial literacy, family planning and smoking cessation
  • Transportation assistance including gas cards and bus passes
  • Referrals to other agencies to assist with childcare, medical, housing, legal and family counseling needs
  • Transition services through our Corps-2-Career program, including: job search assistance, developing interview skills, writing a resume and computer literacy

OCAPICA  flyer 

OCAPICA's WIA Youth Employment Program provides employment and training services for Orange County youth ages 16-21 that have barriers to employment. These programs provide family-centered, culturally and linguistically competent services. Participants will identify their strengths, build skills to address their needs, and work with OCAPICA staff to find meaningful employment earning a living wage. In addition to one-on-one case management, we conduct workshops that will help participants develop their education plan and career interests, become goal oriented, and gain special skills to prepare them for their future.