Transition: What comes after high school?

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Transition: What comes after high school?   Work, education/training, meaningful community life, and healthy living
Panel Presenation at 2013 Border Conference on Disability

This panel presentation will discuss various aspects of what youth with disabilities, their families and the professionals who support them should consider in preparation for transitioning out of high school to adult living.  Panelists will provide a general overview of person-centered planning as a tool for transition planning, post-secondary opportunities and employment, and the transition to adult healthcare.  Panelists will also share information on specific programs, services and resources available in Arizona.


  1. Understand the issues involved with transitioning from childhood to adult living for youth with disabilities
  2. Knowledge on how to tap into resources to help youth transition to adulthood.
  3. Appreciate that all people with disabilities have unique talents and strengths as well as challenges in transitioning to adulthood.

Presentation Slides


Speaker Bios

Jacy Farkas, MA – Ms. Farkas graduated from the University of Arizona with a BA in Classical Studies and an MA in Information Resources and Library Science.  She joined the Sonoran UCEDD in 2007 and, currently, is the Coordinator of Outreach and Information Dissemination-Data. She also directs the UCEDD's Person-Centered Initiative which includes leading two projects completing person-centered plans for transition-aged youth with DD and developing community tools – a website dedicated to person-centered practices and resources, a community toolkit curriculum on person-centered planning, and a consumer preference tool.  She also serves as the Vice Chair of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities’ Multicultural Council.  Ms. Farkas' interests lie in information accessibility, diversity issues, youth transition and person-centered practices.

Sarah Guayante – Ms. Guayante has a Bachelor's in Community Health Education from the University of Arizona. Immediately following graduation, she worked for the Arizona Division of Developmental Disabilities as a Support Coordinator for adults. She is currently the program coordinator for the University of Arizona Sonoran UCEDD Medical Home Project. Through her work with the Division of Developmental Disabilities and personal life experience, she has been driven to improve the quality of care for individuals with special health care needs. As a result of her experience working for the Division she saw a need for a more comprehensive approach to healthcare. As the medical home program coordinator she provides the link for patients and their families to additional resources and ensure patients have access to accessible, continuous, family centered, coordinated and compassionate care within the medical home clinic.

Dan Perino, MS – Mr. Perino is the Coordinator of Tucson Unified School District's (TUSD) Community Transition Program and Project FOCUS's District Liaison between TUSD and the University of Arizona.  Valuing collaboration as a primary vehicle in supporting meaningful learning for all students, he has been a leader in many interagency collaborative programs including TUSD's partnerships with the Arizona State School for the Deaf and the Blind, Pima Community College, Ben's Bells, Sonoran UCEDD, Vocational Rehabilitation, DDD and most recently, the University of Arizona. He has worked with students with intellectual disabilities, including those with autism, in the area of transition for the last 25 years.