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Transition (Ages 14-22)

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004 (IDEA) requires that transition goals are integrated into the Individualized Education Program (IEP) beginning not later than the first IEP to be in effect when the child is 16 or younger if determined appropriate. However on August 6, 2008, with the passage of Chapter 285, Massachusetts requires that beginning when the eligible student is 14, the school district must plan for the student's need for transition services. The school district must document the transition discussion annually using the MADESE Transition Planning Form, designed to organize the transition discussion and lead to goals in the IEP.

Driven by a student's own vision and appropriate transition assessments, IEP goals are developed to support student preferences and interests. In high school, transition planning for each student includes exploring post-secondary educational opportunities, vocational and employment options as well as community participation. The transition plan is intended to guide and prepare young adults with disabilities as they move from school to post school activities. For some students, transition planning may include connecting with adult service agencies that may provide services to eligible young adults when they graduate from high school or turn 22 years of age.

Find out more about Transition and network with other families of transition age students. Space is limited and registration is required for our Planning a Life conference. The 2014 - 2015 schedule is available at: Planning a Life: Making the Most out of High School A Transition Conference

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