Transition Resources for Parents and Students

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William Fricke, Pre-ETS Specialist

What is Transition?

  • The Webster Dictionary defines the word “transition” as — movement, passage, or change from one position, state, stage, subject, concept, etc., to another; change: the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

    Life is full of transitions.  For students it might be the move to a new house, making new friends, a parent’s divorce, or a student’s graduation from high school.  With every transition in life, it is best to be well prepared and knowledgeable about what to expect.  When a student has a disability, it is especially helpful to plan ahead.  It is never too early to begin the process of preparing for one of the most remarkable transitions in a students life which is, going out into the world as a young adult. 

    The purpose of this website is to provide parents of students receiving special education services, resources for transition purposes.  IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) requires a Transition Plan be added to an IEP starting the IEP cycle a student turns 16 years old.  For some students and their families, the process of planning for transition begins much sooner. The goal of transition is to empower young adults to recognize their potential by providing resources, skill development, and opportunites that maximizes their independence toward adult life. 

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