Impact: Feature Issue on Parenting Teens and Young Adults with Disabilities

Part of the Impact series.
Managing Editor(s)
Vicki D Gaylord
John Agosta, Judy Barclay, Kerri Melda, Pamela H Stenhjem


A newsletter issue exploring strategies for families of teens and young adults with disabilities to consider in navigating the transition years with their young person, and sharing stories of those who are in the middle of it or have come out the other side. As young people with disabilities move from their teen to adult years, they and their families experience many growing pains in common with all families at that stage of life. In addition, there are often milestones, questions, concerns, needs, and challenges unique to individuals with disabilities and their families. For the generation of young people with disabilities reaching adulthood today there are ever-expanding opportunities to pursue adult lives that reflect their goals, dreams, ambitions, values, and life visions. And there are still barriers to that achievement - limitations in services, supports, resources, and options. The articles in this Impact provide a glimpse of what is possible, offer useful ideas for moving past some of the limitations that get in the way, and support families, teens, and young adults in dreaming big and realizing those dreams.

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Spring/Summer 2006 
Volume 19, Number 2
ICI Publications Office to request a free print copy at
Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota
Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC-CL)


  • Education practices (K12 and transition)
    • Transition planning
  • Community life
    • Parenting and family relationships
  • Specific life stage
    • Adolescents and young adults