Transition services are intended to prepare students to move from the world of school to the world of adulthood successfully.
Transition planning begins at age 15 or in the 9th grade IEP at the latest, if the student is still 14 through 9th grade. Transition planning may start earlier (when the student is younger than 15) if the IEP team decides it would be appropriate to do so.
Transition planning takes place as part of developing a high school student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).
Transition planning is based on information from various Transition assessments carried out every year.
Transition services and activities are documented in the IEP and are aligned with post-high school goals in the areas of Career/Employment, Education/Training & Independent Living. Annual goals in each annual IEP should reflect the incremental steps necessary to support the student to achieve their post-high school goals.
- Transition services & activities are a part of the high school experience for students with IEPs 9 – 12th grade
- High School Transition services should include community based activities & services, including work based learning
- Students are also able to access services to support achieiving their Transition plan post-high school goals ages 18 – 21 if the IEP team determines those services are necessary for them to be able to achieve their goals, regardless of disability.
- These 18 – 21 Transition services may be based in a school or community setting, as determined by the student’s IEP team based on the student need & best fit.
- Community based programming should be a part of all students’ Transtion activities and services to achieve the best outcomes for the transition to adult life and responsibilities.
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