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
- 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.
- Post-secondary Education/ Vocational Options
- 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