The purpose of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is "to ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate education that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment and independent living." Section 1400(d) The phrase "further education" and the emphasis on effective transition services is new in IDEA 2004. Section 1400(c)(14) describes the need to provide "effective transition services to promote successful post-school employment and/or education. (See "Findings and Purposes" in Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, pages 45-48)
New! OSERS (January 2017) Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities. Both the IDEA and the Rehabilitation Act make clear that transition services require a coordinated set of activities for a student with a disability within an outcome-oriented process. This process promotes movement from school to post-school activities, such as postsecondary education, and includes vocational training, and competitive integrated employment.
Transitioning from High School to Post-Secondary Education. Marilyn J. Bartlett, M.ED., PH.D., J.D. explains why transition from the IEP to a 504 plan for seniors is important!
Transition Planning: Setting Lifelong Goals by Jennifer Graham and Peter Wright, Esq. This article will provide you with two checklists and good advice to help your child make a successful transition from school to employment or further education.
Transition Assessments: What is My Parent Role? Too many parents and educators don't know the legal requirements for transition plans and assessments. IDEA requires your child's transition needs to be determined by age-appropriate transition assessments. When you share information with the IEP team, you are helping the team select appropriate tests for the transition assessment.
OSEP Updates Q and A on Secondary Transition. September 2011. OSEP updated its guidance on identifying postsecondary goals in training, education, employment, and, where appropriate, independent living.
Success by Dr. Barbara Bateman. This article includes extensive discussion
of transition and transition plans.
Requirements for Transition Components of the IEP - Barbara D. Bateman, Ph.D.,
IDEA 2004: Improving Transition Planning & Results by Candace Cortiella. Recent amendments to the federal special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 04), include several revisions to the requirements for transition planning designed to improve postsecondary results for students with disabilities.
Students with Disabilities Get an Extra Hand in Transition to College (pdf format), Austin American Stateman (March 06, 2008).
Termination Just Before Transition: Is This Best? Don’t allow the school to terminate your child’s eligibility unless and until you are convinced that he is functioning well and can get a good job and pursue further education if he wants to.
Transition: Summary of Performance (SOP) When your child graduates from high school with a regular diploma or “ages out” of special education, IDEA requires the school to provide a “summary of academic achievement and functional performance"
Establishing Exit Criteria for a 20 Year Old Student. There are no clear, specific documents to establish exit criteria for a 20 year old student, except for a regular high school diploma. Absent that, exiting is not an option.
Measuring Interests to Aptitudes - Finding a Direction. Pete Wright says, "Bottom line: Like so much in life, before trying to create a treatment plan, get the data first.”
Certificate Instead of Diploma - Is This OK? Your child is eligible for special education until he graduates from high school with a *regular high school diploma* or ages out at age 22. Do not accept a certificate. A certificate is meaningless and will not help him get a job, get further education or be self sufficient and independent.
Transitional Programs on College Campuses or in the Community. Find out what IDEA says ...“Part B funds can be used for student ‘participation in transitional programs on college campuses or in community-based settings. . ."
We Need a Transition Plan with "Hands-On" Experience. Transition planning is an IEP team responsibility. Like other services in the IEP, transition services should be based on your son’s needs, not what the school has available.
Got Transition. Find resources to develop youth and parent leadership in advocating for needed transition supports and participating in transition quality improvement efforts.
Special Education and Transition Services. Information about developing and delivering programs, products and services that enhance the quality of education and transition services for students with disabilities and their families, advocates and services providers from OHSU.
Transition of Students with Disabilities to Postsecondary Education: A Guide for High School Educators (March 2011). This document provides high school educators with answers to questions students with disabilities may have as they prepare to move to the postsecondary education environment.
Parents Guide to Transition. This article will increase your knowledge and provide tools to help you prepare for your child’s transition from K-12 education to postsecondary education and life as a young adult.
The Guideposts for Success for Youth. What all youth need to successfully transition into adulthood from the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Based on an extensive literature review of research, demonstration projects and effective practices covering a wide range of programs and services, including youth development, quality education, and workforce development programs.
Workforce Recruitment Program. Coordinated by the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the U.S. Department of Defense, the WRP is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers with highly motivated postsecondary students with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs.
What's Health Got to Do With Transition? from Healthy and Ready to Work by Patti Hackett, MEd, National Center for Secondary Education and Transition.
A Smooth Post Secondary Transition for Students with LD: What Parents Can Do. In order to prepare your child with LD for life after high school, it is important for the conversation to begin early in high school (or even before).
NCLD's "Top 10" Tips for High School Students. Presented by NCLD and 92nd Street Y, provides insights into the realities that students with learning disabilities face as they prepare to apply to and attend college.
Podcast: A Parent's Perspective - Setting Goals and Planning for the Transition to College. Policy Podcast from NCLD with Vincent Varrassi of Fairleigh Dickinson University. He discusses the basics every high school student and family should know about how to plan for a successful transition from high school to college for students with learning disabilities.
Transition to Adulthood at the Legacy Resource for the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities.Transitions Considerations Checklist. Use this checklist from NCLD to determine if your child's transition planning includes all of the components needed.
Transition to School and Work: A blueprint for your child's success after high school a brochure on transition planning for parents from the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities (NJCLD).
Youth Information, Training, and Resources - Center for Self-Advocacy Leadership (CSAL) Virginia. The Center for Self-Advocacy Leadership (CSAL) provides information, training, and resources to increase self-advocacy leadership skills in youth and young adults with disabilities (ages 13 to 30) who are emerging leaders.
Transition Topics to help you understand the transition process from the National Collaboration on Workforce and Disability.
Transition Terminology. A Glossary of transition terms from CDE.
Transfer of Rights for Students with Disabilities upon Reaching the Age of Majority in Virginia. Technical Assistance Resource Document (Virginia 2015). Includes a sample Power of Attorney letter in Appendix B.
New Update! Transition to Adulthood Guidelines for Individuals with ASD has been revised and formatted into a series of free web–based booklets from OCALI. Each booklet focuses on one aspect of the transition from school to adult life.
Helping Youth with Learning Disabilities Chart the Course
- from the National Collaboration on Workforce and Disability.
Person-Centered Planning: A Tool for Transition. Under IDEA 2004, IEPs must include transition services for the child by age 16. The transition plan should reflect the students interests, preferences, accomplishments and skills, what they need to learn, and what they want to do. Person-centered planning is a way to identify goals and develop plans to accomplish goals (published by the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition and The Pacer Center).
to Postsecondary Education Transition Planning for Students with Learning Disabilities
- National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities.
students need to learn self-advocacy skills - how to present information about
their disability and accommodations so professors are willing to help. If students
master these skills, they are far more likely to make a successful transition
from high school to college.
Letter to Parents from the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) about changes students with disabilities encounter as they make the transition from high school to postsecondary education. Postsecondary institutions have significantly different responsibilities from those of school districts. This letter provides examples of the unique relationship between postsecondary institutions and students with disabilities.
with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and
Responsibilities (U. S. Department of Education). Short booklet
for students who plan to continue their education after high school; includes
questions and answers about admissions, accommodations & academic adjustments,
documentation, evaluations, and discrimination under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation
Act. In html
Now is the time for high school seniors to visit college campuses and get a head start on their college applications. Learn about financial aid for students with learning disabilities.
Vocational & Technical Schools--East 8th Editon
College and Continuing Education
Going To College: Expanding Opportunities For People With Disabilities (Paperback) by Elizabeth Evans Getzel and Paul Wehman (Editors)
Succeeding in College With Asperger Syndrome by John Harpur, Maria Lawlor, Michael Fitzgerald
Foundations of Transition for Young Children - Effective Transition Practices in Early Childhood.
Transition of Young Children in Early Childhood Programs from CONNECT: The Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge from the Child Development Institute at UNC. This training module is about transition from Part C of IDEA (infants and toddlers- birth to three) to Part B (young children - three to six) programs.
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