What is Transition?
Life is full of transitions. Moving, changing jobs, and preparing for a next step are examples we experience all the time.
In the disability world, “transition” or “transition to adulthood” refers to the time during which a young adult “transitions” out of school and into the community, whether that means a college program, job, residential program, or independent life (often with supports). In other words, this is the process of moving from the world of school to the world of adult activities.
Preparing for transition involves incorporating transition planning in your child’s IEP beginning by age 14 in Massachusetts or age 16 in Louisiana. The process lasts until the student leaves the public school system or turns 22, whichever happens first.
Here are four tips to get you started:
- Think about what you see your child doing after high school: Living with you? Getting a job? Attending a college program?
- Encourage your child to think about their interests, values, and future goals.
- Give them opportunities to practice making decisions and learn about themselves. These conversations will help you and the rest of the IEP team create a transition plan that really represents what your child wants.
- Get advice from friends, teachers, or service providers.
Do you have a meeting coming up? Be sure to visit Exceptional Lives’ Transition to Adulthood Guide for tips and tools to help you prepare!