TRANSITION: MAPPING A SUCCESSFUL FUTURE HOW CAN STUDENTS PREPARE FOR WHO PARTICIPATES IN TRANSITION? TRANSITION PLANNING? WHAT IS TRANSITION? A multidisciplinary collaborative team that • Identify interests through academic Transition is a continuous and includes: subjects they enjoy and develop hobbies. collaborative process of moving Student • Think beyond high school to post- from school to adulthood. Parents / Guardians secondary education and employment. Transition planning is a map of the Teachers • Become familiar with career cluster areas student's vision for his/her future developed by the Vocational Representative that "fit" with his/her interests. student, family members, school personnel, adult Counselor • Identify areas of strength and need, service providers, and agencies. Adult Service Representatives learning preference, and work habits. Post-Secondary Education Representatives • Talk to family members, teachers, Transition planning is learning about school and community resources. Initiated by the school, the counselors, and friends about goals after Parents and/or the student are encouraged to bring graduation. focus of transition is on designing a program that relevant information, resources, and invite other • Develop an employment resume. identifies the resources available to meet the post- participants who have secondary goals of student and family. At annual • Gather information about colleges and/or knowledge or special Admissions, Review, Dismissal (ARD) meetings, technical schools. expertise regarding transition information is reviewed and becomes an • Assist in identifying and setting goals for the student. integrated part of the student’s Individual school. Educational Plan (IEP). • Complete a four-year plan. All students need support as they prepare for HOW CAN PARENTS PREPARE FOR independence. Transition planning is critical in TRANSITION PLANNING? providing students with disabilities and their WHEN DOES TRANSITION START? families with the knowledge to empower them to • Complete and return the transition parent successfully chart their future. Every student and family has dreams about what survey sent home from the school. the future holds. Discussion of these dreams and plans for the future should be ongoing in the • Discuss plans for the future with your WHAT ARE TRANSITION SERVICES? son/daughter. family setting and at school throughout the student's school career. • Set goals for yourself and your Transition services are a set of activities designed son/daughter for post-graduation life. to act as a compass to assist the student in moving Beginning in the sixth grade, transition planning • Assist your son/daughter in identifying successfully from school to post-secondary life. will start addressing the student's secondary and areas of strength and need, learning These services are determined by individual post-secondary goals. In high school, as preferences, and work habits. student needs, interests, and preferences. Specific activities may be focused on instruction, graduation becomes a reality, transition becomes • Assist your son/daughter in gathering more focused on post-secondary goals, information on career clusters and post- employment, post-secondary instructional supports and services, education, housing, transportation, secondary education options and adult service providers and appropriate adult services and supports. recreation and leisure, reaching agencies needed to assist in age of majority, and physical and making those goals FOR MORE INFORMATION mental health needs. become a reality. Contact your child's special education case manager.
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