Transition Ontario Project 
January 2004

Please help us create an important online resource. We want to make the
transition to adult life for youth with disabilities (16-29 years) easier.

We are making a website for the province of Ontario with the latest news
about transition to adulthood.  This will include a listserv where people
can talk and share information. People with disabilities, parents and
service providers are working together to make the website and the
listserv.  We hope everyone will be able to use this resource as well. 
This project was started by a group of service providers, parents and youth
with disabilities in 1999. They learned that we need an information
resource in Ontario that has all of the information you would like about
transition, as well as giving you a chance to share your experiences and
asking other people questions about transition.

How can I help? 
If you are a youth, parent or family member, professional/service provider,
we need your help in a number of ways such as:
· Telling us what you think by attending groups and answering surveys.
· Attending Steering Committee meetings.  This group includes both people
with disabilities and service providers. Currently we need people who
represent the issues and interests of people with developmental delay,
autism, mental health, acquired brain injury and the education sector.
· Attending task group meetings to help with a specific area of the
project.  We have four groups
1) Newsletter
2) Website design
3) Listserv
4) Database 
· Entering data into the computer

By attending one of these groups, you will learn about how Transition
Ontario is being developed.  It will also give you a chance to share your
ideas about how the resource will work.  

What topics are included in the website and listserv? 
· How do I find out about various types of education?
· Where can I find a job?
· I love basketball. Where can I play the sports that I like?
· Now that I'm an adult, what health services are accessible for me?
· I want to live downtown. Where are the wheelchair accessible buildings?
· Who can help me with this transition to adult life?
· Who can I turn to if I'm being treated unfairly?
· I need help to attend a course that I'm interested in. Where do I find
this type of personal support?
· What does my community offer in terms of transportation?
· I wonder if they've invented a more advanced product than I'm using now?
· What types of funding are available to me now that I'm an adult?

What has been done so far?
· Asked youth, parents and professionals about what they would like
included in a database about transition.
· Decided on topics for the database.
· Set up a structure for the database.
· Began data entry July 2003.
· Designed the way the website will look. 
· Set up an initial trial listserv among the project members.

What do we plan to do in the future?
· Enter more information into the computer.
· Tell people across Ontario about Transition Ontario.
· Check if Transition Ontario is useful for people in the process of
transition.
· Keep the information in the database up to date.

How is the project being paid for?
So far the project has received money from Bloorview MacMillan Foundation,
West Park Foundation, CanChild, and Ministry of Health and Long-term Care.
Also, all the organizations involved have helped by giving their time,
resources and supplies.

Who else is helping?
People with disabilities and their parents, Ability Online, Bloorview
MacMillan Children's Centre, CanChild Centre for Disability Research,
Centre for Independent Living Toronto, Easter Seal Society, Erinoak, Family
Net, Gage Transition to Independent Living Toronto District School Board,
Ontario March of Dimes, Ontario Association of Children's' Rehabilitation
Centres & West Park Healthcare Centre.

If you want to help with Transition Ontario, or want more information about
the project, please call 
toll-free (800) 363-2440, or 
(416) 425-6220, ext. 3207, or 
e-mail transitionontario@ablelink.org

Target audiences for the "Transition Ontario" Online Resource (website and
listserv).

The following document was created by the Steering Committee to determine:
· Who is the audience for a website and listserv about transition to
adulthood.
· What people need and want from the website and listserv; and 
· What the website and listserv will allow them to do.

A. Our three most important audiences are:
(e.g. clients, families, parents, professionals, technologists, board
members, funders)

1. Youth with disabilities ages 16-29 years
2. Parents & family members
3. Professionals/Community Professionals

B.  What do they want from us? 
(Outline three things for each key audience) 
(e.g. information about programs, support, product information, a list of
things)
 

Audience 1. Youth with disabilities ages 16-29 years want 
1. information on point of access & when to apply for provincial &
community-specific programs
2. links to other sites re: community-based resources and supports 
3. communication (to learn from other youth/young adults) 

Audience 2. Parents and family members want 
1. communication (to learn from other parents)
2. information on point of access & when to apply for provincial &
community specific programs
3. information on funding sources

Audience 3. Professionals/Community Service Providers want 
1. information on programs, services, resources & linkages
2. to learn from youth and parents about their experiences and needs
3. communication & networking i.e. how to set up a program 

 C.  What do we want them to do? 
(Outline three things for each key audience)  
(e.g. learn about, get information about, support our programs, volunteer
your services)

Audience 1. Youth with disabilities ages 16-29 years will 
1. ask questions about transition to adult programs & services 
2. get information about community-specific programs & services
3. link with each other, share their experiences and use the information
to plan for the future
4. provide us with feedback

Audience 2. Parents and family members will 
1. learn about options for programs, services resources
2. share information with other families
3. link with each other, share their experiences and use the information
to plan for the future
4. provide us with feedback

Audience 3. Professionals/Community Professionals will 
1. provide info to youth & families about transition to adult programs &
services and assist with making links
2. share their resources and inform of new programs
3. link with each other and share their experiences 
4. provide us with feedback