Gaining your independence

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Gaining your independence

Becoming more independent is one of the best parts about getting older. Dayton Children’s understands that you are making changes and starting to taking care of yourself. Here you will find links to organizations that can help you do just that. From getting a job and going to college to finding a place to live and ways to meet other teens like you, the Online Resource Guide will help you find what you need.

Here are a few resources to get you started:

  • Adolescent Health Transition Project - Read about the health transition process and what you can do to make it work for you. Find transition resources such as websites, checklists and tools specific to your needs.
  • National Health Care Transition Center -  This National Center is dedicated to improving this process by supporting health providers, young adults and their families.

Transitioning to the Adult Health Care System

As you become an adult, you will become more responsible for your own health care.  Learn how to be your own advocate when it comes to your health.

  • Talking With Your Doctor is a series of videos showing how you can feel comfortable communicating with your doctor and healthcare providers from the Health Care Transition Initiative.

Get Connected

There are thousands of teens just like you learning about the world and getting ready to transition to adulthood. Here are some places where you can connect and learn more.

  • Kids As Self Advocates (KASA) - A national, grassroots project created by youth with disabilities for youth. We are teens and young adults with disabilities speaking out. KASA knows youth can make choices and advocate for themselves if they have the information and support they need.

Help Us Out!

In addition to the resource center, we also offer the complete KidsHealth Library to help you learn more about a specific condition. Information is given in easy-to-understand terms and in many cases available in Spanish as well as English.

We encourage you to explore and feel free to add resources that are currently not included by emailing If you can’t find what you are looking for, please don’t hesitate to contact our MeadWestvaco Family Resource Center at (937) 641-3700.

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