Transition to Retirement: A Guide to Inclusive Practice

Roger J Stancliffe, Nathan Wilson, Nicolette Gambin, Christine Bigby, Susan Balandin


This manual explores the transition to retirement for people with disability, particularly intellectual disability. The prospect of retirement unsettles most people. It's a major transition in anyone's life and change of this magnitude often arouses anxiety. This is much more so for people with disability, particularly intellectual disability. But, as this manual shows, it doesn't have to be like that. The Transition to Retirement (TTR) program in Australia has been developed in response to a genuine problem: the need for an effective approach to supporting older employees to build an active, socially inclusive lifestyle after retirement. The approach mapped out here may not be the solution for all workers with disability, but it will certainly assist quite a few. The TTR program emphasizes social inclusion. It is consistent with the focus of Australia's National Disability Insurance Scheme on building community participation and independence. It is also consistent with the Australian National Disability Strategy's emphasis on promoting social inclusion in mainstream community settings and service systems. The TTR program supports aging people with disability to develop new interests, skills and social networks, and facilitates their participation in mainstream community groups. With the manual comes a DVD, which makes the idea of inclusive activities in retirement easily understandable to people with disability, their families, and community organizations.

In 2023, ICI's Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC-CL) published a free resource guide adapting the content of this manual to conditions in the United States. The resource guide from RTC-CL is called, Transition to Retirement: A Guide to Inclusive Practice: Adaptations for the Current U.S. Context.

Suggested Citation

Stancliffe, R. J., Wilson, N. J., Gambin, N., Bigby, C., & Balandin, S. (2013). Transition to Retirement: A Guide to Inclusive Practice. Retrieved from


Sydney University Press


  • Community life
    • Aging and retirement
  • Specific disability
    • Intellectual/developmental disability (IDD)