Graduation from high school signifies the end of one phase of a youth’s life and the beginning of a new one. All too often, the end of public education also signifies the end of Special Olympics participation because the athlete lacks information about available Special Olympics opportunities for adults.
However, through the school’s transition planning process in the Individual Education Program (IEP) for high school-aged students, the school program goes beyond academics to include preparation for adult living. The IEP can include specific activities or steps to ensure that the youth will be linked to an adult team without interruption in their sports training and competition.
Transitioning to adulthood does not have to be a difficult experience. By developing a step-by-step plan to reach a post-school goal, every athlete can be successful.
Join an existing adult team.
Contact your SOTX area office for a list of adult teams in your area.
Create a new adult team.
Best idea: form an alumni team for athletes that will be high school graduates. Contact your area office for more information about creating a new adult team.
Get involved with non-competitive programs.
Be active and healthy by participating in non-competitive programs: Athletes in Training, Just Get Up and Move, DADs Texercise or Individual Skills. Contact your area office to find out how to get involved.
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