Transition FAQ

What is Transition?

Transition planning is an on-going process that begins at age 14 to prepare students with disabilities for life after high school. It requires planning, skill development, and network support. The LINK Center assists families in connecting to the information and resources necessary for a successful transition.

“Transition” means planning for:

  • academic and non-academic courses and learning experiences,
  • employment and related training opportunities,
  • community living, and leisure activities.

Transition Planning:

  • Starts at age 14 in Massachusetts
  • Includes experiences both in school and in the community
  • Helps define direction/vision
  • Seeks opportunities for skill development
  • Focuses on the youth’s strengths, preferences, and interests

Transition Planning Includes:

  • Instruction;
  • Related services;
  • Community experiences;
  • The development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives; and if appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and provision of a functional vocational evaluation.
  • Building a Network
  • Post-secondary connections
  • Adult service agencies
  • Healthcare
  • Recreation and leisure
  • Decision-making