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Transition & Adult Life Success Stories


Transition & Adult Life Success Stories


This page was last updated on May 24, 2019 at 10:48 am


The stories below highlight best practices related to self-determination, access, and family engagement for transition-age students and adults who are deaf-blind. Each provides a glimpse into the possibilities for these individuals. 

The stories help enrich our vibrant network and highlight one of our shared values, “together we are better.”

Planning a Full Adult Life - Alex Black

Alex's Senior Picture

Alex lived a full and happy life for 22 years. This article, published on the National Family Association for Deaf-Blind website, focuses on the numerous vocational experiences and services he had during his transition years that helped him learn valuable skills and have rich, meaningful interactions in the community. The article was written by Alex's mother, Molly Black, a family engagement consultant for the Pennsylvania Deaf-Blind Project and current secretary for the Pennsylvania Partnership for the Deafblind. 

Read Alex's journey.

Destiny Home

Two young women at work.Young adults who are deaf-blind face many challenges that impact how they access information, establish social networks, and find high-quality work and living situations in communities of their choice. Unfortunately, they often exit school systems and enter the adult services world with limited options and opportunities. Destiny Home is New York State’s first community residence for individuals with deaf-blindness and additional disabilities.

Read the Destiny Home article.

Isaiah is Ready

Isaiah talking

This 2:42-minute video, produced by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), is about a teenager named Isaiah. It includes interviews with Isaiah, his mom, and his team members as he prepares for employment and living on his own. Thanks to the Wisconsin Deafblind Technical Assistance Project for sharing this video.

Watch Isaiah is Ready.

Miranda's Journey

Suzanne FitzgeraldMiranda smiling. is the president of Specially Designed Education Services. Suzanne highlights the journey a young adult named Miranda, her family, and her educational team took to build an effective communication system and prepare Miranda for work after high school. She also describes the challenges they encountered and the tenacity of this amazing young woman. November, 2018.

Read Miranda's Journey.

Alex's Journey

Alex Alex posing for a photo at a conference.has been attending public schools for the past five years. In this article he describes his transition journey in a public school.He discusses how he learned advocacy skills and the importance of a great education team. He has shared a great story of the experience of going on the transition journey.

Read Alex's Journey.

Jacob's Journey

Jacob Jones’s Jacob in the kitchen.North Carolina based team had an opportunity to participate in HKNC’s Deaf-Blind Immersion Seminar (DBIS), an assessment and training program for individuals who are deafblind and have intellectual disabilities. Jacob had a very successful and exciting journey at the seminar. His dad, Emrick, wrote this story about the experience.

Read Jacob's Journey.

Jason's Journey

Jason signing.

Jason is a young adult who chose to take advantage of every opportunity that came his way. His transition journey is filled with great stories about how to overcome obstacles. Jason enjoys advocating and providing hope for individuals who are deaf-blind. 

Read Jason's Journey.


DbIYN Logo

What is happening internationally for young adults who are deaf-blind? The Deafblind International Youth Network (DbIYN) provides a platform from which young adults can inspire others, share their views, develop ideas, and influence policy makers. 

This story provides an overview of DbIYN and its activities. 

Read DbIYN's story.

David's Journey

A young man stands with a large broom between two purple cones, smiling.

This transition story was written by David's mother, Gwen. It is a journey through his life experiences as person who is deaf-blind. 

Read David's Journey

When I think about the last few years and the process of readying David for an adult life, a few things play over and over in my head.  David loves and is loved by so many people.  His easy going style and big smile make it easy for him to charm and engage others even though his communication is still so rough. He is a hard worker.  His teacher always reminded me that he has a very strong work ethic. - Gwen


"What does self-determination mean to you?" Several young adults answer this question in the video clips linked here. 

Self-Determination Video Clips 

When you decide and make decisions for yourself, you know what you want, and you know what you need, not another person. - Ashley

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