Resources for Transition

Family Guide to Transition Services in Massachusetts

Transition is an on-going process that starts when a youth turns 14 and continues until they are 26. Transition is about planning and getting the right supports in place for a youth to become confident, independent and an integrated member in their community. FCSN and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission have developed an overview of available Transition services and procedures in Massachusetts. Click here to view or download a PDF of the document.





Transition Guideposts Booklet

REAL Transition Partners utilizes the “5 Guideposts for Success” by the National Collaborative for Workforce and Disability. The Guideposts cover the basics of transition planning: education, employment, and independent living, but also focus on community and family involvement – essential components for a full, meaningful life. Click here to download a PDF copy of the publication.




The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) has published A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities. (revised 2020) This guide is being issued by OSERS, the Rehabilitation Services Administration, and the Office of Special Education Programs to advance our efforts in ensuring that all students and youth with disabilities are equipped with the skills and knowledge to be engaged in the 21st century workforce. Click here to view or download a PDF of the guidebook.

Need one-on-one support?

Fill out our online Special Education Call Center Intake Form, and a trained volunteer will be in touch within two business days. You may also call the Federation at 617-236-7210 or 800-331-0688 to ask transition-related questions.