At the IEP meeting held before your child turns 16, and every year after that, the IEP team will discuss transition to adult life. Transition assessments will be held, and your child will identify dreams and goals for "life after high school." There will be at least two IEP goals developed to address their needs, one in the area of continued education and one in the area of employment. Additional goals may be developed in the area of indepdendent living. Services and supports will be identified in the IEP to help your child attain the goals. It is important that your child attend the IEP meetings at which transition to adult life will be discussed, so that they can be involved in their plan.
Transition Planning Guide for Families
Parent "Toolkit" on Transition Planning
The Special Education Case Manager will conduct transition assessments In preparation for your child's IEP. They will assess in the areas of interests and skills related to employment. In addition, if your child has needs in the area of independent living, they will conduct assessment in that area as well.
Examples of career interests assessments:
Examples of career skills assessments:
Examples of independent living skills assessments:
Your child will be asked to identify their dreams and goals for life after leaving public school. Examples might be:
Employment- to be employed in:
The IEP team will develop goals to assist your child in making progress toward their dreams and goals for life after public school. Examples of goals might be:
Transition services your child will receive will be indicated on the Services section of the IEP.
Examples of transition services:
Other transition services:
WorkAbility in Gear Brochure
WorkAbility I Works! Fact Sheet
The IEP will identify agencies that you and your child may access in order to assist them in adult life. You or your adult son/daughter can request that representatives of these agencies attend the IEP meeting, or give input.
Examples of agencies:
Your child's IEP will indicate whether or not they are aiming for a diploma, and if so, the number of credits needed to graduate. The Course of Study page will indicate the courses that he or she will be taking in the remianing years in school, aimed toward meeting their dreams and goals for the future.
The Course of Study will also note the expected date of leaving public school. For some students with more severe cognitive disabilities, there are programs available in the public schools for 18-21 year olds (often referred to as "Postsecondary" programs). Students can remain in public Special Education programs until they graduate with a diploma or the end of the semester in which they turn 22.