• A Brief Introduction to Transition

    The transition from high school to young adulthood is a critical stage for all teenagers; for students with disabilities, this stage requires extra planning and goal setting. Factors to consider include post-secondary education, the development of career and vocational skills, as well as the ability to live independently. The first step in planning for a successful transition is developing the student's transition plan in conjunction with the student.

    Parent(s)/guardian(s) and special education provider: A transition plan is required for students enrolled in special education who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). 
     
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    From every walk of life, we know that to improve the likelihood of successfully meeting our goals and dreams, we need a clear idea of the goal, the steps to reach that goal and the resources available to assist in reaching the goal. For any young person to make a smooth and successful transition out of the secondary school system into the world of work and/or postsecondary learning system, they need specific information to answer the questions of:

    •Where am I now? 
    •Where do I want to go? 
    •What do I need to get there?


    Young people need to identify what they like, what their strengths are, what supports they need and how to access those supports. This is particularly true for students with disabilities as they may have additional barriers and needs to be able to meet their goals and dreams.