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Extensive Resources for Special Education Professionals and Parents on Transition Planning

June 29, 2006

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities Introduces Extensive Resources for Special Education Professionals and Parents on Transition Planning

Just launched! This five-part suite of resources looks closely at and connects you with a wide range of transition materials.

Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), transition planning from school to adult life begins, at the latest, during high school. In fact, transition planning is required, by law, to start once a student reaches 16 years of age, or younger, if appropriate. This transition planning becomes formalized as part of the student's Individualized Education Program (IEP). The IEP is a written document listing, among other things, the special educational services that the child will receive. The IEP is developed by a team that includes the child's parents and school staff.

Transition services are intended to prepare students to make the transition from the world of school to the world of adulthood. In planning what type of transition services a student needs to prepare for adulthood, the IEP team considers areas such as postsecondary education or vocational training, employment, independent living, and community participation.

The transition services themselves are a coordinated set of activities that are based on the student's needs and that take into account his or her preferences and interests. The resources NICHCY has created will help you learn more about transition ---what the law requires, what information a typical transition plan contains, how transition plans are developed, and so on. Because transition is such an enormous topic, NICHCY has  organized the information as a "suite" of pages that break the topic down into some of its distinct aspects. More pages may be added to the suite in the future. At the moment, the Transition Suite consists of:

Transition 101
Transition Resources for Parents
Transition Resources for Students
Transition Resources for Professionals
Transition and Specific Disabilities

To learn more about these transition resources visit:

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