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Transition services for students with disabilities are required by a federal law called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, commonly referred to as IDEA. Transition services are to be a part of every student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP), beginning at age 14 and earlier, if necessary. A well-designed transition plan addresses all aspects of a student’s post-school life. Common considerations often include:

  1. Where is the student going to live and work?
  2. What will the student be doing during the day?
  3. What will the student be doing for fun?
  4. How much and what type of involvement will the student have in his or her community?
  5. How will the student support himself or herself financially?
  6. Will the student need help making important decisions?
  7. Who will help the student to be successful in these areas?
  8. How will medical expenses be covered?
  9. What continuing educational opportunities are available?
  10. What are the transportation options?
  11. Will the student need support outside his/her family and how much?

This guide will serve as an introduction to the world of “Adult Services” and will hopefully answer these questions and more. Our goal is to provide you with information that will address some of your concerns about what it will be like for your child when he/she has completed schooling. All young adults are different, as are all families. There is no single “right plan” in transition planning and what some families want for their child may or may not be what you want for yours. The best planning occurs when it considers contributions from a variety of sources: the student, the family, the school, representatives from adult service agencies, and other involved community members. It is meant to improve a student’s employment ability, continuing education options, housing options, and to develop a social and recreational network that continues after high school.

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Introduction | Federal Definition of Transition Services
Transition Planning | Critical Connections | Other Useful Information