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Transition to adult health care can be difficult for young adults with disabilities

“Putting patients in a position to be as autonomous as possible and starting that process as early as possible – it makes a big difference.”

The transition from pediatric health care to adult health care can present a special challenge for young people with disabilities. Phil Crain, patient navigator for the STEP (Staging the Transition for Every Patient) Clinic, joins Alabama Care to talk about some ways to smooth that transition, including learning about one’s medical history, finding a medical home, developing greater autonomy, and learning self-advocacy skills.

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Alabama Care is partially supported by the Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities ( The views expressed are not necessarily the views of these organizations.

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