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.
|Transition in Texas Fact Sheets|
|Transition Timeline By Age/Grade (English & Spanish)||
An overview of agencies to contact and transition activities to complete my age/grade.
|Texas Project FIrst|
|Transition and Employment Guide||
State of Texas Transition and Employment Guide
|Topic 1||Don't Limit Me||
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|My Child's Future|
|What does it mean to be a Self-Advocate||
Kerry Magro is an award winning, TED talk giving, college graduate and self-advocate! Read about his amazing journey!
|Topic 3||Rights and Responsiblites||
Rights and Responsiblites
|Denton County Probate Court Website|
|Denton County Bar Association|
|Legal Aid of North Texas||
Information about free legal aid.
|Texas Supported Decision Making||
The following link from the Texas Council of Developmental Disabilities explains Supported Decision Making as an alternative to guardianship in the State of Texas: http://www.tcdd.texas.gov/resources/guardianship-alternatives/supported-decision-making/
Agencies and Medicaid Waiver Programs
|Resouces Every Parent Needs to Know!|
|Transition Resources (English)||
Facts About Transition in TX
|Transition Resources (Spanish)||
Transition Resources in TX Espanol
TX Medicaid Waiver Program Interest List
|LA LISTA ESTAR INTERESADO!||
LA LISTA ESTAR INTERESADO!
|UPDATED AGENCY & PROGRAM CONTACTS|
|NEW SSI Work Incentives|
|Topic 6||Adult LIving Options, Day Programs, Sheltered Workshops||
Adult LIving Options, Day Programs, Sheltered Workshops
|SEPTSA Special Needs Service Provider Directory||
Our Directory is a compilation of parent-recommended places and services in our area. The list includes everything from doctors, dentists, specialists and therapists to respite care, summer camps, sports and activities and even support resources and websites
SEPTSA Special Needs Service Provider Directory
|Topic 7||Focus on the Future|
|Focus on the Future||
18+ community-based program
|Topic 8||Preparing for College||
Preparing for College
|LISD Transition Talk - Facebook Page||
This Facebook page is dedicated to Students with disabilites who are looking for information on colleges and careers.
|College and Career Information for Students on the Autism Spectrum||
College and Career Information for Students on the Autism Spectrum
|Texas Cares Online Interest Inventory|
Completion of a continuing education certificate or certification program shows evidence to prospective and current employers that a person has received training on a professional level in a specific field. Participants can receive individual completion certificates and an overall program certificate once all requirements are met. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are given for many of the courses which may fulfill continuing education requirements for specific professions. Certificate programs vary in length depending on the certificate program you select.
|Academy of Learning 4 Life|
|Topic 9||All about Project SEARCH|
|Project SEARCH 2015 Brochure||
Project SEARCH is a year-long internship program for students whose post-secondary outcome is competitive, integrated employment. It is a collaboration with the TX Department of Rehabiliative and Vocational Services, Lewisville ISD, Qwest Employment Services, and our two host businesses, Medical Center of Lewisville and The City of Lewisville.
|Topic 10||DARS Website|
|Virtual Job Interview|
|Working with Adult Employment Agencies||
What is DARS and what does it mean to work with them?
|Myth Busting: Benefits and Work||
Can my child work and still receive benefits? YES they can!
|Skills to the Pay Bills||
A free workbook to use at home and school to assess and learn about what it means to work.