Everything You Need To Know And More!
Everything You Need To Know And More!
Using the ARD Folders Each of the documents below are applicable for all families and students attending any ARD. Below the general documents on transition are SPECIFIC additional resources for High School ARDS (HS), Middle School ARDS (MS) and Elementary School ARDS (ES). Please print off and provide all parents with AT LEAST the set of documents linked directly on this page and not under any specific folder.
Visual Transition Planning Meeting: The completion of high school is the beginning of adult life. Entitlement to public education ends, and young people and their families are faced with many options and decisions about the future. The most common choices for the future are pursuing vocational training or further academic education, getting a job, and living independently.
For students with disabilities, these choices may be more complex and may require a great deal of planning. Planning the transition from school to adult life begins, at the latest, during high school. In fact, transition planning is required, by law, to start before a student reaches 14 years of age, or younger, if appropriate. This transition planning becomes formalized as part of the student's Individualized Education Program (IEP).
Individual Transition Plan: A transition plan is the section of the Individual Education Plan (IEP) that outlines transition goals and services for the student. The Individual Transition Plan (ITP) the form for mapping out long-term adult outcomes from which annual goals and objectives are defined.
Indicator 13: Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals that are annually updated and based upon an age appropriate transition assessment, transition services, including courses of study, that will reasonably enable the student to meet those postsecondary goals, and annual IEP goals related to the student’s transition services needs. There also must be evidence that the student was invited to the IEP Team meeting where transition services are to be discussed and evidence that, if appropriate, a representative of any participating agency was invited to the IEP Team meeting with the prior consent of the parent or student who has reached the age of majority. [20 U.S.C. 1416(a)(3)(B)]
Self-determination: 1. Determination of one's own fate or course of action without compulsion; free will. 2. The power or ability to make a decision for oneself without influence from outside. (freedictionary.com)
Transition AssessmentsTPI is just one small part of the assessment process for transition. There is a multitude of informal and formal assessment tools to assist you in gaining information about students. When it comes to assisting students with career exploration, recreation exploration, community exploration, and learning about self-determination, assessment is a great tool!
The student transition portfolio is to track student progress in the transition process from 7th grade through 12th grade. The hardcopy portfolio includes skills checklists, assessments, a record of self-determination training, work-based learning, ITP’s/VTPM’s, and ARD meeting participation. All of the contents of the notebook can be found here and printed for classroom use. We encourage you to research online portfolio tools students can develop on their own and take with them when they transition to a new grade or school
The IEP Meeting is a natural activity to use self-determination skills!
Students learn leadership skills such as:
Guardianship removes certain rights and privileges from an incapacitated person (ward) who because of a physical or mental condition will be unable to provide food, clothing, or shelter for himself/herself, to care for their own physical health, and to manage their own finances. In Texas guardianship is approached from a least restrictive perspective which means the ward retains as many rights as he/she is capable of retaining.
Rights and Responsibilites
Age of Majority, Estate Planning and more....
Agencies and Medicaid Waiver Programs
Adult service agencies provide assistance to persons with disabilities. Each agency has its own eligibility requirements that must be met in order to receive services. Medicaid waiver programs offer a broad range of community-based services to people with disabilities. Many have waiting lists, and they have different eligibilities, rules, and funding amounts.
Adult Living, Day Programs,
and Sheltered Workshops
There are several adult living options for adults with disabilities: ICF-MR group homes, HCS group homes, and supervised apartments. These are designed for adults who cannot live independently or may need some degree of supervision. Adults with disabilities may also participate in daily activities at a sheltered workshop or day program. A sheltered workshop is a program at which the adults do repetitive tasks and are paid a piece rate for completion of work. Day programs vary widely in activities offered, but focus on daily living skills, community outings, and functional academics, and some pre-vocational skills.
LISD Transitional Skills Program
Focus on the Future (FOF)
FOF is a community-based transition program for students with disabilities who are 18 to 21 years of age. Individualized supports for a successful transition to adult life are provided in the areas of employment, recreation/activities, social relationships, and independent living. Each young adult’s daily schedule is based upon the IEP goals and objectives that have been developed after extensive coordination and collaboration with the student, his/her parents, teachers, adult agencies, and other stakeholders.
Post Secondary Education for
Students with Disabilities
College, Technical Programs, Etc...
There are many options for post-secondary education. Colleges offer both degree and certification programs. Technical schools and apprenticeships offer technical training. Continuing education classes are offered through many school districts and community colleges. The classes provide instruction in cooking, art, dancing, GED preparation, photography, etc.
Transition Curriculum Online
Transition Links for TeachersLinks to national transition sites loaded with professional information on transition and transition related activities, assessments, and evidence-based tools.