Task Force on Transitions for People with Developmental Disabilities

There are approximately 150,000 people living with developmental disabilities in North Carolina. Many of these individuals will need assistance as they transition from one setting to another, for example, when adolescents with developmental disabilities age out of the school system, or when older individuals lose the support of older family members. The NCIOM Task Force on Transitions for People with Developmental Disabilities studied these issues and made recommendations to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities receive the kinds of coordinated services and supports they need to help them through life transitions.
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Co-Chairs
James Bodfish, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Development and Learning, Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities
Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Adonis Brown
Independent Living Consultant and Disability Peer Advocate
EnVisioned Independent Living
Leza Wainwright
Director, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
Project Director  Mark Holmes, Ph.D.
Vice President
North Carolina Institute of Medicine
There are approximately 150,000 people living with developmental disabilities in North Carolina. Many of these individuals will need assistance as they transition from one setting to another, for example, when adolescents with developmental disabilities age out of the school system, or when older individuals lose the support of older family members.

The North Carolina General Assembly asked the NCIOM to convene a task force to study these issues, including: (i) transitions for adolescents with developmental disabilities leaving high school, including adolescents in foster care and those in other settings; (ii) transitions for persons with developmental disabilities who live with aging parents; and (iii) transitions for people with developmental disabilities who move from developmental centers to other settings.  Dr. James Bodfish, Adonis Brown, and Leza Wainwright served as co-chairs of the task force.