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 26-28, 2020
Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk
San Antonio, TX

Transition and Employment Guide

The Transition and Employment Guide is required by TEC §29.0112 and was developed by TEA with a team of stakeholders from across the state.

The Texas Transition & Employment Guide includes:

  • Sections on Self Advocacy, Transition Services, Employment and Supported Employment, Social Security Programs, Community and Long Term Services and Supports, Postsecondary Educational Programs and Services, Information Sharing, and Guardianship and Alternatives
  • Phone numbers, emails, and websites to help you find what you need
  • Timeline of steps that students and families can take as they make the transition from student to adult

Spanish and eReader versions of the Guide are available on the Texas Transition website.


Transition Planning At-A-Glance Series available in the Region 13 Product Store