Topic Name Description
Page Transition Services
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.

Legal Requirements
  • Initial transition discussion must occur no later than the ARD meeting prior to the student’s 16th birthday.
  • Student must have opportunity for input.
  • Must address student’s needs, strengths, preferences, and interests.
  • Must be based on age-appropriate transition assessments.
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:
  • Instruction
  • Post-secondary Education/ Vocational Options
  • Employment
  • Daily/Independent living, if needed
  • Community Experiences/Recreation and Leisure
  • Appropriate circumstances for referring a student/parent to a governmental agency for services
  • Functional vocational evaluation, if needed
It is important to know that not all students with disabilities will need to receive all of these services.
Book LISD Transition Services Brochure
English and Spanish
Book TAVAC Transiton Brochure
URL Transition Timeline By Age/Grade (English & Spanish)
A comprehensive timeline for parents and teachers.
File NEW: Transition and Employment Guide

This guide must be provided to parents at the ARD.

Topic 1 URL HCS/ICF Comparison
URL Transition Resources (Spanish)
URL Transition Timeline By Age/Grade
Book HS ARD Folder
Transition Documents to provide to parents at HS ARDs
Book MS ARD Folder
Documents in this folder are applicable to middle school ARDs.
Book ES ARD Folder
Documents in this folder are applicable for elementary school ARDs.
Topic 2 Book VTPM, ITP, and Indicator 13

This book will outline the following:

Visual Transition Planning Meetings

  • Handouts for Life Skills Parents - ALS, AVLS, and FLS

Individual Transition Plan

  • Planning for the Future Workbook
  • Questions to Ask Parents During ITP Interview
  • ITP Form
  • Suggested Instructional Activities - ALS & AVLS
  • Suggested Instructional Activities - Resource, Inclusion, BIC, and SSS

Indicator 13

  • Compliance Procedures
  • Reference Checklist for Indicator 13
  • TEA Data Collection for State Performance Plan
URL Writing the Individual Transition Plan - A Teacher Tutorial
Topic 4 Folder Assessment by Grade Level (Updated 10/13)
Assessment timelines by grade level. Assessments and inventories by grade level and ability level.
File Visual Transition Assessment

Use for students who need visual support

URL Transition Assessments- A Teacher Tutorial
Take this online tutorial
Page Assistive Technology Assessment Resources
URL Transition Assessments Resources
URL Digital Literacy Assessment Tool

Take the free Quiz to create your customized pathway to College and Career readiness.

Topic 5 Book Student Transition Portfolio

URL Online Student Portfolios ES or MS
Digital Portfolio resource
URL Online Student Portfolios HS or Higher
Topic 6 Book Student Led ARD
Student Led Ard
Topic 7 Book Rights and Responsiblites
Rights and Responsiblites
URL Denton County Probate Court Website
URL Legal Aid of North Texas
URL Denton County Bar Association
Topic 8 Book Agencies
Agencies and Medicaid Waiver Programs
URL DARS Website
Page SEPTSA Special Needs Service Provider Directory

SEPTSA Special Needs Service Provider Directory

URL Transition Resources (Spanish)
Topic 9 Book Adult LIving Options, Day Programs, Sheltered Workshops

Adult LIving Options, Day Programs, Sheltered Workshops

File Resources Every Parent Should Know
Texas Parent to Parent Power Point Presentation
Topic 10 Book Focus on the Future

Focus on the Future

URL 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!

File 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 Book Preparing for College
Preparing for College
URL Resource Guide for Higher Education for Students with Disabilites
URL Construction Education Foundation of North Texas
URL Eastern New Mexico University at Roswell
URL Think College
URL * NEW RESOURCE: Going To College
A website for student exploration
Topic 12 Book Community Based Instruction (CBI)

URL Career Key
Online tool
URL Skills to Pay the Bills Online Curriculum
URL Mapping Your Future MS & HS
Career Exploration
URL LRE Guidance in Workplace
URL Career Pathways
A visual guide to career pathways
URL Visual Career Pathways w/Assessment Tool
This document also includes a career assessment.
URL Build Your Future
URL *NEW: My Next Move
Online Career Inventory - student directed, interactive
URL Virtual Job Interview
Topic 13 URL YouthHood
URL A Life For Me
URL Drive of Your Life
Career exploration for MS/HS
URL Worker Safety
URL Student Instructional Videos
URL CareerOneStop: Videos and Lessons
Amazing site - videos of specific careers in each cluster
URL **NEW: Interactive Online Lesson
This site has interactive lessons on everything from careers to real world money skills.
URL Goals+Plan=Success
URL Digital Literacy Lesson
Topic 14 URL National Alliance for Secondary Education & Transition
URL National Center on Secondary Education & Transition
URL National Collaborative on Workforce & Disability
URL Postsecondary Programs Education Network
URL Transition in Texas