Medical Care: From Pediatric to Adult Care
The transition from Pediatrics to Adult Care
Sometime between the ages of 18 and 21 (sometimes later), we try to move our children from pediatrics to adult medicine. This can go smoothly when we plan well and start early. Here are some resources on transition:
HomeLife: From Dependent to Independent
Streetlight is an adolescent and young adult support program here at UF Health for people aged 13-25 living with cancer, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell, and other chronic and life-limiting illnesses. Medicine can do a lot, but there are some issues that medicine does not cover. The way we see it, sometimes a friend can be the most powerful source of support. The Streetlight team is made up of 60+ college-aged volunteers that focus on building friendships through peer companionship. Dealing with a serious medical condition is a difficult journey, but you don’t need to go it alone.
People with CF are living longer, healthier lives than ever before. As an adult with CF, you may reach key milestones you might not have considered. Planning for these life events requires careful thought as you make decisions that may impact your life.
It can be difficult be a young adult with a chronic illness. It is normal to struggle with your feelings. You are not alone.
The “Abilities Work” Help Desk is here to assist employers and job seekers with disabilities in navigating the disability support system as seamlessly as possible.
TLC is a privately funded non-profit organization made up of parents, family members, educators and people from your community, dedicated to improving the lives of post graduate, young adults with special needs.
Community: From Student to Employee
Some young adults need to find an alternative to a public high school diploma. For many reasons, a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) may be a more practical solution. Santa Fe offers one of the best adult-education programs in the country.
The CILNCF provides five core services: advocacy, information & referral, independent living skills, peer support, and transition. They also have a durable medical equipment closet, employment services, and sign language interpreting services.
CareerSource Florida is the statewide workforce policy and investment board. Their partners include the Department of Economic Opportunity; 24 local workforce development boards and 100 career centers throughout Florida; and the Department of Education Divisions of Blind Services, Career & Adult Education, and Vocational Rehabilitation. Together, they help connect businesses with the talented workforce and training needed to succeed and grow.