Children and families experience many transitions over the years. There are three predictable transitions that occur: when children reach school age, when they near adolescence, and when they move from public high school on to independent living. Other transitions may include moving into new programs, working with new providers and agencies, and making new friends. Transitions involve change, and it is helpful for parents to be aware of those transitions and be aware of and plan for the future.
Because planning for the future of a student with a disability can and usually does arouse fear of the unknown, some parents may delay addressing these issues and stay focused on the present. However, a more beneficial approach might be to work through these fears and think about the child’s best future interest which will result in a more meaningful outcome. Regardless of the nature or severity of the child’s disability, parents will be introduced to the process of transition during the school years which will lay the foundation for the child’s future. This transition process will include many areas of planning for the future and should be understood by everyone involved every step of the way. Effective transition planning is an investment in a child’s well-being.
Legal Definition of Transition
According to the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), transition services consist of a coordinated set of activities that is designed to be within a results-oriented process that is focused on improving academic and functional achievement to facilitate movement from school to post-secondary activities.
Transition and the IEP
Information obtained during the transition planning process will set the focus for what should be considered and integrated in the development of the student’s IEP. Issues that must be addressed include:
It is important to know that not all students with disabilities will need to receive all of these services.
|LISD Transition Services Brochure||
English and Spanish
|TAVAC Transiton Brochure|
|Transition Timeline By Age/Grade (English & Spanish)||
A comprehensive timeline for parents and teachers.
|NEW: Transition and Employment Guide||
This guide must be provided to parents at the ARD.
|Topic 1||HCS/ICF Comparison|
|Transition Resources (Spanish)|
|Transition Timeline By Age/Grade|
|HS ARD Folder||
Transition Documents to provide to parents at HS ARDs
|MS ARD Folder||
Documents in this folder are applicable to middle school ARDs.
|ES ARD Folder||
Documents in this folder are applicable for elementary school ARDs.
|Topic 2||VTPM, ITP, and Indicator 13||
This book will outline the following:
Visual Transition Planning Meetings
Individual Transition Plan
|Writing the Individual Transition Plan - A Teacher Tutorial|
|Topic 4||Assessment by Grade Level (Updated 10/13)||
Assessment timelines by grade level. Assessments and inventories by grade level and ability level.
|Visual Transition Assessment||
Use for students who need visual support
|Transition Assessments- A Teacher Tutorial||
Take this online tutorial
|Assistive Technology Assessment Resources|
|Transition Assessments Resources|
|Digital Literacy Assessment Tool|
Take the free Quiz to create your customized pathway to College and Career readiness.
|Topic 5||Student Transition Portfolio|
|Online Student Portfolios ES or MS||
Digital Portfolio resource
|Online Student Portfolios HS or Higher||
|Topic 6||Student Led ARD||
Student Led Ard
|Topic 7||Rights and Responsiblites||
Rights and Responsiblites
|Denton County Probate Court Website|
|Legal Aid of North Texas|
|Denton County Bar Association|
Agencies and Medicaid Waiver Programs
|SEPTSA Special Needs Service Provider Directory||
SEPTSA Special Needs Service Provider Directory
|Transition Resources (Spanish)|
|Topic 9||Adult LIving Options, Day Programs, Sheltered Workshops||
Adult LIving Options, Day Programs, Sheltered Workshops
|Resources Every Parent Should Know||
Texas Parent to Parent Power Point Presentation
|Topic 10||Focus on the Future||
Focus on the Future
|Don't Limit Me!||
Megan is a force of nature. She made the State Cheerleading finals at the Denver Coliseum, as part of the Evergreen High School Cheerleading Squad. She was a Guest Model at Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s 2010 Be Beautiful, Be Yourself Jet Set Fashion Show in Denver. She traveled to Washington, DC to accept the 2008 National High School Spirit of Sport Award, as an “individual who exemplifies the ideals of the positive spirit of sport. Megan’s message of “Don’t Limit Me!” applies not only to those with Down's Syndrome, and not only to students with challenges, but to all kids and all adults. Let’s envision great things internally – for all of us – and everyone around us - and believe they can be accomplished - and watch what happens!
|2015 FOF Brochure||
Students who have completed all credits for high school graduation and have turned 18 will be enrolled in the Focus on the Future program. Depending on their post-secondary outcomes, students will either enter the vocational or career connections track or the community connections track.
|Topic 11||Preparing for College||
Preparing for College
|Resource Guide for Higher Education for Students with Disabilites|
|Construction Education Foundation of North Texas|
|Eastern New Mexico University at Roswell|
|* NEW RESOURCE: Going To College||
A website for student exploration
|Topic 12||Community Based Instruction (CBI)|
|Skills to Pay the Bills Online Curriculum|
|Mapping Your Future MS & HS||
|LRE Guidance in Workplace|
A visual guide to career pathways
|Visual Career Pathways w/Assessment Tool||
This document also includes a career assessment.
|Build Your Future|
|*NEW: My Next Move||
Online Career Inventory - student directed, interactive
|Virtual Job Interview|
|A Life For Me||
ES/MS or HS ALS/AVLS
|Drive of Your Life||
Career exploration for MS/HS
|Student Instructional Videos|
|CareerOneStop: Videos and Lessons||
Amazing site - videos of specific careers in each cluster
|**NEW: Interactive Online Lesson||
This site has interactive lessons on everything from careers to real world money skills.
|Digital Literacy Lesson|
|Topic 14||National Alliance for Secondary Education & Transition|
|National Center on Secondary Education & Transition|
|National Collaborative on Workforce & Disability|
|Postsecondary Programs Education Network|
|Transition in Texas|