Transition Services

When your child turns 14 (or younger if the IEP team determines it is necessary for your child), the IEP must include:

  • Information about transition service needs that focus on your child’s courses of study, such as taking an advanced program, if applicable, or vocational education program.

Beginning at age 16 (or younger if the IEP team determines it is necessary for your child), the IEP must include:

  • Based on testing and assessments, appropriate goals for your child related to training and education that your child will need for employment and possibly independent living after graduation;
  • The transition services (including courses of study) needed to assist your child in reaching those goals.

What are Transition Activities?

Transition services are a coordinated set of activities for a student, designed with an outcome-oriented process, that promotes movement from school to post-school activities, including:

  • Instruction which could include post-secondary education and vocational training;
  • Integrated employment, including supported employment;
  • Community experiences;
  • Daily living skills;
  • Functional vocational evaluation, if appropriate;
  • Linkages with adult service providers, if appropriate.

What are the steps to transition planning?

  • Develop a personal profile of the student;
  • Look toward the future and develop a vision;
  • Develop and action plan to make the vision a reality.

Resource - Parent Needs List for Transition