Parents of youth with disabilities have unique opportunities to promote their successful transition to postsecondary education, employment, and full adult participation in society. Families can assist in the transition process by providing adolescents with direction in their exploration of interests, guidance in career and college planning, and encouragement as they pursue their dreams. Parents can provide the foundation for young people to become self-determined, to learn decision-making skills, and to gain access to resources. They can help empower their children's personal plans for success.

Parents can be more effective with up-to-date information, communication, and community resources. The resources provided in National Resources for Parents of Children and Youth with Disabilities may be particularly helpful in assisting parents as their children prepare for college and careers. Compiled with input from many parents, this list includes printed materials, electronic discussion lists, websites, disability-related conferences and organizations, and agencies that provide services to individuals with disabilities.