Every 16 year old student receiving special education services is provided Transition Services according to IDEA 2004.
Transition from high school to adulthood is often frightening and uncertain. Young people and their families are faced with many options and decisions about the future. For students with disabilities, the options may be more complex and confusing, but with early, thoughtful, and through planning between the student, family, teachers, and agencies, students are better equipped to meet the challenges of adulthood.
The concept of Transition has three major components:
- Coach every student, along with his or her family, to think about goals for life after high school and develop strategies to reach those goals.
- Design the high school experience to ensure that the student gains the skills and competencies needed to achieve his or her desired post-school goals.
- Identify and link students and families to any needed post-school services, supports, or programs before the student exits the school system.
Students and Transition
Graduation will be here before you know it! There are many decisions, choices, and opportunities in your future that await you! Sooner or later you will be thinking about all of the questions below.
Don't you think it would be smart to look at opportunities and start to make plans now, instead of waiting for graduation day?
- What kind of job do I want?
- Where can I go for job training?
- How do I find a job?
- Where can I live?
- How can I go to college?
- How will I get around in the community?
- What community agencies may be able to help me?
The Parents have an important role to play in the Transition process. They know their young adult well, and have information about his/her abilities, personality, and what he/she wants to achieve in life.
- Participate in developing the dreams, goals, and vision of your child's future
- Complete a Parent Transition Questionnaire (Located under Resources/Forms)
- Ensure your child's preferences, strengths, and interests are central to planning
- Follow up on referrals made to community service agencies
- Ask for assistance, if needed, in working with agencies
- Provide opportunities for your child to develop work, independent living, and recreation/leisure skills at home
- Foster independence by giving your child responsibility for chores at home
- Explore community support, training, and employment options
- Discuss future goals and adult reality with your child
- Attend and participate in IEP meetings with your child
- Help your child learn about his or her disability and how to ask for the supports he or she needs
The teachers and support staff have the responsibility to coordinate activities that will help each student move into adult life.
- Assisting families and students to understand available options in school and those that may be available during adult life
- Provide a curriculum that prepares students for post-high school education and adult life
- Provide assessments of the child's abilities, including current information from both general and special education teachers
- Work with the student and his/her family to develop and educational plan that prepares the student to work and live in the community as independently as possible
- Provide information about community service agencies available in the community
Resources for the college- bound student
- Michigan Association on Higher Education and Disabilities (MI-AHEAD for college bound students)
- List of Community College and University Student Service Offices for students with disabilities MI-AHEAD links
- Accessing Disability Support Services - MI-AHEAD PowerPoint
Michigan Career and Technical Institute (MCTI)
- General Information
- Student Fees
- Career Training Programs
- Trade Entry Requirements
- Training Department Career Choices
Muskegon Career and Technical Center
STEPS Program Adult Transition Classrooms
Transition Activities for Students
- Career Cruising
- America's Career Resource Network
- Career Outlook
- Sample Transition Activities
- Casey Life Skills