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High School Transition Services

Inserted ImageFinding a stable, satisfying job and learning to live independently is challenging for all young people making the transition to adulthood. 

It can be especially daunting for those with special needs --and for their parents.

Transition is about helping the student with a disability and his/her family think about their life after high school, identifying long-range goals and designing the high school experience to ensure students gain the skills and connections they need to achieve their goals.

Transition services refer to a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability that:

  • improves the academic and functional skills of the student in order to facilitate the student's movement from school to post-school activities such as post-secondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living or community participation
  • is based on the individual student's needs, taking into account his or her strengths, preferences and interests
  • includes instruction, related services, community experiences, the development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives and, when appropriate, the acquisition of daily living skills. Transition services often include a functional vocational evaluation.

No matter what path your child plans to pursue after high school, you can help set the foundation for a
successful transition by:

  • Starting the transition process early
  • Encouraging your child to participate as much as possible.
  • Adopting an attitude of high expectations, balanced with openness and flexibility about your child's transition goals and strategies
  • Helping your child learn his or her rights under federal law and how to advocate for himself or herself in higher education and employment settings
  • Helping your child to become increasingly independent in transition tasks