Transition services are provided to student's age 16 or older who have a current Individualized Education Plan (IEP). At the student's IEP, a transition plan is developed and updated annually that discusses what transition services a student would benefit from based on their individual needs. Transition services are a set of coordinated activities to assist students with disabilities and their families in thinking about adulthood, making long-range plans, and providing instruction to assist with post-school goals.
Transition services promote successful movement from school to post-school activities, including post-secondary education, vocational training, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation. Examples of transition activities that could be provided when appropriate are:
- Attending career days
- Exploration on CIS regarding careers
- Informational interviews
- Job shadows
- Assistance finding volunteer work
- Resume development
- Researching post secondary school options
- Instruction in transportation mobility
- Practice communication and social skills for a variety of settings (work, leisure etc.) with peers
- Structured work experiences
The transition plan is an integral part of the IEP and may include supports in the areas of Employment, Post Secondary Education, Independent Living, and Community involvement. The IEP will include a post-secondary goal for the student, with goals and activities to support progress towards the post-secondary goals.
Students who graduate with a Modified diploma, Extended Diploma, or Alternative Certificate are eligible for special education services until the end of the school year in which they turn twenty-one. Transition services become the primary focus of an IEP and expand for students who are 18-21 years old. Although transition services may be appropriately met through a student's home school, other district supports may also be considered.