Do you wonder what your child will do after high school?
IDEA requires that transition planning begin at the earliest age appropriate. The law requires that the IEP team begin no later than age 14 to address the student's need for instruction that will assist him or her in preparing for transition to adult life. Beginning at age 16 (or younger, if determined appropriate by the IEP team), the IEP must contain a statement of needed transition services for the student, including, if appropriate, a statement of interagency responsibilities. This includes a coordinated set of activities with measurable outcomes that will move the student from school to post-school activities.
According to IDEA Section 300.29—
(a) Transition services means a coordinated set of activities for a student with a disability that-
(1) Is designed within an outcome-oriented process, that promotes 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;
(2) Is based on the individual student's needs, taking into account the student's preferences and interests; and
(i) Instruction; (ii) Related services; (iii) Community experiences; (iv) The development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives; and (v) If appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation.
(b) Transition services for students with disabilities may be special education, if provided as specially designed instruction, or related services, if required to assist a student with a disability.
For more information on Transition to Adult Life go to www.nsttac.org National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center