Transition planning and school programming should go hand-in-hand.
When a comprehensive transition plan is developed, a student’s
school program and curriculum are more likely to relate to the direction
which the student (and his team) has identified as the goals for adult
life. For example, if a student has determined that he/she would like
to have a job when he/she gets out of high school, then it will be
important to have part of his/her school program to include a vocational
component. When a plan is developed early, the programming is sequential
in nature. Using the goal area mentioned above, an example of a “coordinated
set of activities” would include sequential activities such as:
interest inventory, to determine vocational areas of interest from
which to build.
- Pre-vocational experiences such as “jobs” within
the school setting. Taking data on performance with each of these experiences
will be important in determining future vocational experiences.
- Volunteer experiences designed to continue to assess areas of strength and
vocational experience - For some students that might mean participation
in a vocational program through a vocational high school, for others
it might mean community based vocational experiences. Again, information
gathered to share regarding areas of strengths and needs will be
with adult agencies, such as Vocational Rehabilitation (VR or Voc.
Rehab.) or the Department of Behavioral and Developmental Services
(BDS). If a student is eligible, these agencies will assist in
determining and providing necessary support after a student graduates
- Paid employment – The goal would be for a linkage with
a appropriate paid employment situation for a student by the time
from high school.
- Connections to community-based social, leisure, and
This type of a sequential approach to planning would apply to
all appropriate transition planning areas: social and leisure participation,
continuing education, maintenance of one’s medical needs, independent
living skill development, decision making and self-advocacy.