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Transitional Planning

What Is Transitional Planning?

Transition Services - The term `transition services' according to IDEA 2004, means a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability that is designed to be a results-oriented process, that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child's movement from school to post-school activities. These activities include:

  • Post-Secondary Education
  • Vocational Training
  • Independent Living
  • Community Access Skills

How and When is Transitional Planning Discussed/Facilitated?

Transitional planning begins as part of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for students at the age of 14. It should be discussed as part of the team meeting and is based on the student's vision.

Who should be involved in faciliating your child's transition plan?

Facilitating a transition plan is a team process. The plan should be student centered and parents/caregivers are a critical component to the success of the plan. IEP team members including teachers, guidance counselors, other service providers, and agency representatives are also important facilitators of your child's transition plan.

What will my child require to transition successfully from school to adult life?

Since transition is an individual process that is student centered, your child's needs will be based on his/her vision for life beyond high school. Working with your child to allow him/her to express personal strengths, interests, goals, and areas of challenge is an important exercise in helping to determine next steps in the transition process.

Who should I contact if I have questions around my child's transition needs?

Contact your child's IEP team chairperson when you have questions about your child's transition needs.

**Look for helpful links about transitional planning below the transitional planning tab on this website