Transition Services

Future Transitions

Future Transitions is a service available to youth and young adults who have a Developmental Disability, from ages 13 to 25. This service is designed to help young people plan for their future, connect and build community networks, and assist with a smooth transition from school into adulthood.

The Transition Coordinator is a support to the youth, their families, and the school and is a link between Community agencies. They act as a navigator on behalf of the young person and their family to connect to supports and resources based on individual needs and interests. They remain part of the youth’s transition team to help bridge the gap from secondary school and child centered services to adult supports. The Transition Coordinator is able to assist the young person to complete the Developmental Services Ontario referral package at 16, identifying and securing outstanding documentation, as well as complete the application for the Ontario Disability Support Program.

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Youth’s interests, skills, talents and abilities are explored and plans are made using the collaborative Integrated Transition Planning Framework from the ministries of Children and Youth Services, Community and Social Services and Education as part of the Individual Education Plan. The coordinated plan developed by schools, community agencies, and the Transition Coordinator with the young person and their parent/guardian focuses on their own vision for the future and builds upon that vision looking at key areas such as:


Time Management and Organization


Pathway Choices


Employability Readiness


Life Management Skills


Self-Advocacy Skills


Problem Solving and Decision-Making Skills


Interpersonal Skills

The Integrated Transition Plan identifies a coordinated and planned approach with actions to be taken toward achievement to goals. This includes roles, responsibilities, and timelines and at minimum is reviewed annually as a team.

The key goal is for each individual to make informed choices and set personal goals that will lead to successful transitions from school into adult community-based activities, whether it be post-secondary education, employment/volunteer opportunities or community living.

Online E3 Transitions Planning Flowchart

1. Explore the Disability Tax Credit Certificate with Canada Revenue Agency (Form T2201)

  • Investigate possible rebates from previous years’ filings once certificate has been granted,
  • If a child under 18 years of age is eligible for the Disability Tax Credit that child is also eligible for the child disability benefit, an amount available under the Canada Child Tax Benefit, Booklet T4114, Canada Child Benefits

2. Explore a Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)

  • Investigate possible grant and bond contributions from the Government of Canada.
  • Prior to age 19, grants and bonds are based on family income not the income of the person

3. Apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN)

4. Ensure a psychological assessment has been completed including both Cognitive and Adaptive Functioning

  • This will be required for application to Developmental Services Ontario at age 16 to secure developmental supports and services as an adult

Age 14

  • Transition into grade nine has just taken place.  Transition Planning Meetings begin and include the student especially at age 16 and older
  • Transition Planning Meetings are held during the course of the school year and will continue to take place every school year
  • Transition Meetings are an important way to learn about future supports, funding sources, applications and other relevant resources/services

Age 16

  • Make application to Developmental Services Ontario (DSO) for students who are interested in developmental supports and services upon completion of high school.  Developmental Services Ontario (DSO) will determine eligibility as an adult, 1-855-277-2121
  • Application for Employment Support through Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) can be made at age 16, 705-737-1311
  • Apply for an Ontario Photo Card for those students who do not have a driver’s license,

Age 17

  • Six months prior to the student’s 18th birthday contact Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) office in order to apply for Income Support.  Application can be made by phone 705-737-1311 or online

Age 18 – 19

  • Apply for the GST/HST credit on income tax the year the student is 18 to receive the first payment one month after the 19th birthday
  • Transition planning will continue throughout the student’s high school years.  Transition Coordinators will be a resource to the student, their family and the school.  It is important to ensure all appropriate applications and sources of funding have been accessed
  • All students seeking Developmental Services and Supports – Community Participation, Supported Employment, Accommodations and/or Passport Funding – need to complete application to Developmental Services Ontario (DSO), if not already done.  Once deemed eligible for supports and services, request the DSO Supports Intensity Scale Assessment (SIS) be completed within the school and include teaching staff

Age 20 – 21

  • All students seeking Developmental Services and Supports- Community Participation, Supported Employment, Accommodations and/or Passport Funding need to complete application to Developmental Services Ontario (DSO), if not already done.
  • Transition Planning Meetings may occur more frequently during the last year of school to ensure a smooth transition from high school

E3 Community Services can be a resource to students and their families at any time by calling

Future Transitions (705) 445-6351 ext. 306 or (705) 441-2303 or email


Download E3 Transitions Flowchart

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