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Definition of Transition Under IDEA (1997)

Definition of Transition - Under IDEA (1997)

Transition services means a coordinated set of activities for a student with a disability that:

  • is designed within an outcome-oriented process that promotes movement from school to post-school activities, including post-secondary education, vocational training, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation;
  • is based on the individual students needs, taking into account the students preferences and interests; and
  • includes
    1. Instruction;
    2. Related services;
    3. Community experiences;
    4. The development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives; and
    5. If appropriate, acquistion of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation.

IDEA (1997) - Statement of Needed Transition Services

Transition planning begins not later than age 14 as part of the IEP, is updated annually, and requires that school district:

  • invite student and family to team meetings
  • consider students needs, preferences and choices
  • identify & implement all transition services at age 16
  • include future-oriented outcomes, goals & objectives: education/instruction, community living skills, employment (functional vocational evaluation as needed) related services & post-secondary education
  • invite liaisons from the appropriate human service agencies
  • describe interagency responsibilities or needed linkages
  • notify of transfer of parental rights at age 17

Written by:

Institute for Community Inclusion