Transition to Adult Health Care

Young adults tell us...

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"I was happy I had a family doctor when I turned 18. I had to change a lot of specialists, so having one office that already knew me and my history was helpful."

"I was used to having my mom along for my appointments.  I had to ask more questions, and get the doctor to explain anything I didn't understand."

"I did not realize how much I did not know until I tried to get my insurance to pay for additional Occupational Therapy."

Parents tell us...

"I have been so involved in her health care that it was a shock when she turned 18 and I wasn't included."

"We had been teaching him to set up appointments, carry his insurance card, and to write down questions ahead of time.  We were really proud of him the first time he went to the doctor on his own."

"I knew she needed an adult doctor when she told me she had a serious boyfriend."

General transition information

Being in charge of your own health care can be empowering but also a little overwhelming.  These resources can help.


OHSU IDD Transition Guide

Guidebook from Rutgers University: Being a Healthy Adult: How to Advocate for Your Health and Healthcare  

The ARC of New Jersey: Personal and family medical history form 

State of Oregon: Teen's Rights for Access to Healthcare and confidentiality

National Center for Self Determination: My Health, My Choice, My responsibility curriculum and app 

Moving to Adult Healthcare at Age 18: What Families Need to Know About the Transition to Adult Healthcare.


Inclusion of resources on our site does not imply endorsement nor does exclusion mean we do not think it is valuable. We work to keep our list of resources current and relevant but it is not exhaustive.

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