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 Transition in Texas Fact Sheets
File Transition Timeline By Age/Grade (English & Spanish)

An overview of agencies to contact and transition activities to complete my age/grade.

URL Texas Project FIrst
File Transition and Employment Guide

State of Texas Transition and Employment Guide

File Transition Brochure

Transition Brochure

Topic 1 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!

URL My Child's Future
File 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 Book Rights and Responsiblites
Rights and Responsiblites
Topic 4 Book Guardianship

Guardianship Information

URL Denton County Probate Court Website
URL Denton County Bar Association
File Legal Aid of North Texas

Information about free legal aid.

File 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: 

Topic 5 Book Agencies
Agencies and Medicaid Waiver Programs
File Resouces Every Parent Needs to Know!
File Transition Resources (English)

Facts About Transition in TX

File Transition Resources (Spanish)

Transition Resources in TX Espanol

File Interest Lists

TX Medicaid Waiver Program Interest List



URL Telecommunication Assistance
File HCS/ICF Comparison


URL NEW SSI Work Incentives
Topic 6 Book Adult LIving Options, Day Programs, Sheltered Workshops

Adult LIving Options, Day Programs, Sheltered Workshops

Page 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

URL Public Transportation
Topic 8 Book Preparing for College
Preparing for College
Book LISD Transition Talk - Facebook Page
This Facebook page is dedicated to Students with disabilites who are looking for information on colleges and careers.
Book College and Career Information for Students on the Autism Spectrum
College and Career Information for Students on the Autism Spectrum
URL Texas Cares Online Interest Inventory
Book Certificate Programs

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.

URL Think College
URL Academy of Learning 4 Life
Topic 9 File All about Project SEARCH
File 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 URL DARS Website
URL Virtual Job Interview
File Working with Adult Employment Agencies

What is DARS and what does it mean to work with them?

File Myth Busting: Benefits and Work

Can my child work and still receive benefits? YES they can!

File Skills to the Pay Bills

A free workbook to use at home and school to assess and learn about what it means to work.