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What is Transition?


Below is a list of what should happen during transition. The services vary depending on the age of the student. Services for each age range starts on or before the student's birthday, or younger as determined appropriate by the Transition IEP team.

Click the answer button after each age range below for a pop-up answer.

bullet Before Age 14 answer
bullet Age 16 answer
bullet Age 17 answer
bullet Age 18 answer
bullet Age 19-21 answer

Question:  What is transition?


Transition services means a coordinated set of activities for a student with a disability that:

1. Is designed to be within a results-oriented process, that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the student with a disability to facilitate the student’s movement from school to post-school activities, including postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation; and…

2. Is based on the individual student’s needs, taking into account the student’s strengths, preferences and interests; and

3. Includes:
a. Instruction;
b. Related services;
c. Community experiences;
d. The development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives; and
e. If appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and the provision of a functional vocational evaluation, and

4. Transition services for students with disabilities may be special education, if provided as specially designed instruction, or a related service, if required to assist a student with a disability to benefit from special education.

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