Why Develop a Plan?
Transition services came about to provide a bridge between a student’s school experiences and post-secondary services. In effect, transition services are mandated by law to help students and families think about and plan for life after high school. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) defines transition services as a coordinated set of activities designed within an outcome-oriented process that promotes movement from school to post-school activities, which includes post-secondary education, vocational training, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, and/or community participation. The coordinated set of activities must meet individual students’ needs in areas of instruction, community experiences, employment and other post-secondary goals. Each student’s transition needs must take into account the student’s preferences and interests. The process of transition is just that - a process. It guides the student from school life to what lies ahead in adulthood. Essential elements of this process include the school’s part in ensuring an educational foundation, a written plan that involves input from the student and family, and a variety of post-secondary education, employment and community options.