2019 Summer School Session 1: Transition
Planning for your Child's Future

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ISSN: 1538-320
June 25, 2019

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Summer School Series

Wrightslaw Summer School 2019 is a series of self-study readings, written assignments, and maybe even a quiz or two, that will help you prepare for the next school year.

When you complete the series, you'll get a certificate for a job well done!

It's never too early to plan for your child's future. Transition planning should be done with your child, not for your child.

  • IDEA focuses on transition services . . . an outcome-oriented process, which promotes movement from school to post-school activities.
  • IDEA provides the legal requirements for transition services to support your child's goals after high school.

Hopefully, you have been working closely with your child’s IEP team through high school to ensure that the team established appropriate transition goals. You should have also measured and documented your child's progress toward these goals.

In this issue, Summer School Session 1, you will take a close look at IDEA transition requirements and transition planning to ensure that your child is prepared for further education, employment, and independent living. You'll find advice, transition checklists, and tips to help your child make a successful transition.

We hope you will forward this series to other friends, families, or colleagues.


Transition Planning Checklists

Transition services must be included in the IEP that is in effect when your child turns 16 - but the IEP team can plan earlier if appropriate. Some states require earlier planning.

Your child's IEP transition plan should be based on his individual needs, interests, and choices - with goals that address what he is doing now and what he wants to do when high school is over.


Don't Let the Transition Plan Fail your Child

Take a look at your child's IEP and transition plan.

  • Be sure you are clear of what the goal of her IEP is, as it is written.
  • Are her transition goals appropriate?
  • Has the school failed to provide what is required in the IEP?

Even if the IEP does not require more than has been provided, maybe it should.


IEPs and Transition Planning

Caution! Is termination of eligibility before transition a good idea?

Advocate Sue Whitney cautions not to allow the school to terminate your child’s eligibility - unless and until - you are convinced that he:

  • is functioning well
  • can get a good job
  • can pursue further education if he wants


Homework Assignment: Reading Checklist

1. Learn about the requirements for Transition and Transition Planning, read articles, and download free publications.

2. Read the OSEP Guidance on Secondary Transition and find the requirements for the content of the IEP.

3. Read the US Department of Education Q and A on Secondary Transition.

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law

Emphasis on Transition: What the Law Says

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition

"Findings and Purposes," Section 1400(c) and (d), pages 45-48.

"Transition Services," Section 1401, page 56.

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