Transition planning in the school setting starts at age 14 and prepares a youth for life after high school.
Middle School and High School
In middle and high school there are several aspects to transition planning to be aware of:
1. It is good to know the general laws that impact transition services to understand a youth’s rights to services.
2. Become familiar with the Individual Education Program (IEP) and the Transition Planning Form (TPF) and how they work together.
3. Understand what transition assessment means and how it can help define a youth’s strengths, interests, and preferences.
4. Know what the graduation requirements are in the school district and what the options are for receiving services.
5. Understand that services for individuals with disabilities while in school are an entitlement and when a youth graduates services will look different. A Chapter 688 referral can connect youth to adult services, but these services are not an entitlement and are based on eligibility.
If the vision is to continue on an educational track after high school there are several resources to be aware of:
1. Find options for college programs, supports and how to prepare.