It’s never too early to start exploring the many options available for transition to adulthood.

Today, a majority of people with disabilities have difficulty finding inclusive employment, accessible housing, and meaningful social and personal opportunities. This can place the primary responsibility for these life goals on parents and other unpaid family members. These families need encouragement and support to plan for what will happen as people with disabilities–and their caregivers–age.

To support families, PHP has launched a new program: Connections California!

Please note: Connections California is a project of Parents Helping Parents intended to build a FREE statewide resource for families. It will be built out over the next few years so check back regularly for updates.

Connections California hub launches in 2022!

It’s never too early to start exploring the many options available for transition to adulthood that officially begins at age 18. We understand how overwhelming and complex the transition can be for individuals with any disability and their families/allies. If your child is as young as 14, you’ll still find important information in Connections California. We want to help YOU create the smoothest transition to adulthood possible alongside your loved one! 

You’ll find a wealth of information in the Connections California hub. It will include important resources and information for planning for adulthood for individuals with disabilities. The hub will also contain information to help you make informed decisions. Think events, videos, checklists, and more!

Topics in the Connections California hub will include:

Continuing Education
Financial, Legal & Public Benefits
Health & Safety
Living Options
Self Advocacy

Our goal is to help you find the information you need easily!

Who can use Connections California? Anyone!

It doesn’t matter when you start connecting to information and options for adult transition, but the sooner the better for most families.  The hub will include a timeline of what to do when, based on an individual’s age and needs. So if your child is 14, Connections California will help you understand steps to take then, at age 15, 16, 17, and so on.

The goal is for Connections California content to be organized and presented based on the needs of the individual who is transitioning to adulthood. These needs include:

  • Content applicable to any adult with any disability.
  • Content for individuals with I/DD who have long-term support needs.
  • Content for individuals on college/career pathways.

We are very excited to create this FREE centralized hub of resources and information on planning for adulthood for individuals with disabilities. Connections California events for 2022 are concentrated in the months of January to April. Check the website event calendar often to find out what is coming up so that you don’t miss out!

Many topics have been addressed in the existing PHP content about adult services. You’ll find a large catalog of informative videos on adult topics and transition to adulthood in the PHP E-Learning Library.

Sponsorship opportunities are available!

If you are a provider of disability services of any kind, including legal, therapeutic, housing, public benefits, and more, you may be the perfect partner with Connections California! Email Mark Fishler for information on how to become a sponsor today!