Transition Programming

Transition can mean many things.  For some, it’s the time after graduating from high school and moving on to other educational opportunities.  For others, it’s moving out of a certified setting or your parents’ home for the first time, into a home of your own.

The LDA of WNY, along with the Center for Self Advocacy (CSA) and Parent Network of WNY, provides innovative person-centered, community-based programming via a skill-based training and social support network to give people the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to live as independently as possible, and fully participate in their community.

Our network of professionals and self-advocates will help bridge the gap between a certified setting or the family home and independence, with a variety of services and supports to provide individuals and their families with help related to:


  • Housing Navigation

  • Skill Development

  • Community Integration/Acclimation

  • Peer Support

  • Family Support


Many individuals with disabilities could live independently in the community, but lack the skills, knowledge, and supports to do so.  Individuals will cultivate competency in areas critical to independent living, including:

  • Transportation

  • Navigating home and community safely

  • Transitioning youth to adult services and supports

  • Independent living skills

  • Self advocacy

Transition services and supports are developed for individuals ages 14-22.  An individual must qualify for the Medicaid Waiver through the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) in order to be eligible for this program. If you are unsure whether or not you qualify, contact us and we can assist you.

The LDA of WNY offers the following programs for transition-age individuals:

  • Creative Student After-School program

  • Community Habilitation

  • Pre-vocational Services