The Transition Process is designed to prepare students for life after they leave high school. Components of the transition process are Post-Secondary Education and Training, Employment and Independent Living. These three areas are referred to as "post-secondary outcomes" and are the driving force for students in high school with an Individualized Education Plan.
As a student reaches the age of 14, in middle school or high school, formal transition planning begins. Many students are exposed to the transition process before the age of 13 through various field trips, school assemblies, and classroom discussions but do not have a Transition Plan on their IEP. At the age of 14 and no later, students begin to explore post-school outcomes through career exploration, interest inventories and transition discussions.
Getting Ready to Transition...
How many transitions have you gone through today? Have you ever sat back and thought about transitioning? What does the word transition really mean? Does it mean something different for everyone? We often don't realize that we spend most of our daily life transitioning from one thing to another. Whether it's getting up in the morning or getting ready for bed at night, we are transitioning. For many of us, transitioning can be quite difficult and often times very frustrating. Here are just a few questions to guide the transition process:
- Can you get up in the morning on your own?
- Do you bathe daily?
- Do you have documentation to prove your disability?
- Are you aware of your strengths and are you planning on using them?
- Are you aware of your environment at all times in order to keep yourself safe?
- Do you know how to make new friends?
- Do you have a driver's license or state ID card?
- Do you practice good social skills?