Transition

On left picture of a blank sign post.  On right a picture of an African American boy, a picture of a father and son, and a picture of a female graduate.

 

For tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.
African Proverb

What happens when the school bus stops coming?

Students with disabilities and their families often wonder what life will be like after graduation, and what supports will be available when school services end.

Transition planning is a process that’s designed to answer these questions. There are federal and state requirements for schools and ARD committees to address transition for students with disabilities, including:

  • Transition assessments
  • Postsecondary goals
  • Annual IEP goals related to the student’s transition service needs
  • Transition services to enable the student to meet their postsecondary goals
  • Course of study aligned to student goals and interests (graduation plan)
  • Appropriate student and parent involvement in the ARD meeting
  • Transfer of rights at age of majority
  • Connection to agencies and other resources that can support the student in adulthood

In Texas, a student’s IEP must address transition by their 14th birthday (TEC §29.011). This website provides resources for schools to understand and implement effective transition planning practices.

Texas Transition Conference

February 22-24, 2017
Westin Galleria Houston
Houston, TX