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Making the Transition from School:
Transition Services & Plans

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February 13, 2007

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In This Issue:
It's Never Too Early to Plan for Your Child's Future
Making the Transition to Life After School
Transition Planning: Setting Lifelong Goals
Great Transition Case: K.L. v. Mercer Island Sch. Dist (W.D. WA 2006)
Preparing for Employment - On the Home Front

It's Never too Early to Plan for Your Child's Future

trusting handsAs we deal with the day-to-day challenges of educating children with disabilities, it's easy to focus on the trees and forget about the forest.

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 ... [to] prepare them for further education, employment and independent living."

In this issue, we take a closer look at the forest - transition planning and transition services to ensure that our children are prepared for further education, employment and independent living.

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Making the Transition to Life After School

"I want my son to be prepared to enter the workforce when he leaves school. How can we we combine No Child Left Behind with vocational goals?"
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In Making the Transition from School to Work, Sue Heath answers this parent's questions:

"Parents need to start thinking about the transition to adulthood when their children are toddlers. Schools are not required to address this issue until the child will turn 16."

"Although schools exist primarily to provide academic instruction, they must address the transition needs of children with disabilities. Look at these issues separately, starting with the legal definitions."

Sue writes about reading, No Child Left Behind, advocacy strategies, high-stakes tests and retention in Doing Your Homework. Click here to read more DYH articles.

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Transition Planning: Setting Lifelong Goals

As we enter the second half of the school year, many parents hear the clock ticking louder and louder as graduation nears. If you don't hear this clock, don't worry. Your day will come before you know it.

clock and glassesIn Transition Planning: Setting Lifelong Goals, Jennifer Graham and Pete Wright provide advice and checklists that will help your child make a successful transition from school to employment and/or further education.

The IDEA 2004 Transition Checklist describes the legal requirements of transition services plans. During your child’s high school years, the IEP team must adhere to these requirements.

While IDEA 2004 provides the legal requirements for transition services, there are things parents and students must do to prepare for life after high school. Get these checklists and lots of good advice in Transition Planning: Setting Lifelong Goals.

Learn about the new requirements for transition services, read articles, and download free publications about transition in Transition Services and Transition Planning.

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Great Transition Case! K. L. v. Mercer Island School District

A few weeks ago, we told subscribers about the decision in K. L v. Mercer Island School District (W.D. WA 2006) that described higher standards for a free appropriate public education.

In K. L. v. Mercer Island, the Judge found that the school failed to develop IEPs to address K. L.'s transition to independent living and self-sufficiency. The Judge found that “providing a ‘meaningful educational benefit’ under the IDEA requires programs and results which reflect that Act’s emphasis on preparation for self-sufficiency.”

“The IDEA is not simply about "access;" it is focused on “transition services . . . an outcome-oriented process, which promotes movement from school to post-school activities . . . ” 20 U.S.C. 1401(3); 34 C.F.R. 300.29

Read the decision in J. L. and M. L., and their minor daughter, K. L. v. Mercer Island (WA) School District.

If you are interested in transition, you'll also want to read Rebutting Rowley? Independence and Self-Sufficiency Are the New Standards for FAPE.

More special education cases

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Preparing for Employment: On the Home Front

As a parent, you are your child's first teacher. You are also your child's most important role model.boy raising hand

To be successful in life after school, young people with disabilities need to learn specific skills - goal setting, problem solving, decision making, self-knowledge, and self-advocacy.

As the parent of a child with a disability, you need to ensure that your child learns these skills. Preparing for Employment: On the Home Front describe the skills our kids need to learn, and that we need to teach and model for our children.

Pete and Pam offer this advice: "Your child needs to be strong and resilient. Teach your child to work hard, set high goals, and how to handle disappointments without giving up or giving in."

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