Special Education Transition Planning

Beginning before the student turns age 14 and annually thereafter, transition needs are discussed at the student’s annual ARD meeting.

Based on the student’s needs, taking into account the student’s strengths, interests and preferences, transition services are developed as a coordinated set of activities designed within a results-oriented process that is focused on:

  • Improving the academic and functional achievement of the student to facilitate 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.

Services may include:

  • Instruction,
  • Related services
  • Community experiences
  • Development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives
  • If appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation


Career Development and Planning Resources

 You have probably been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Some students know exactly what they want to do, but most haven’t got a clue. The idea of choosing a career is scary, and it feels like the future is far away. You are busy with classes, activities, sports, and fun to think about what career you want to pursue after graduation from high school.

You will save a lot of time and money if you have a direction in life, as opposed to just finishing high school and worrying about it later. If you choose a career direction now, you can select classes and activities that will help you work toward your goals. It makes sense to have an idea of what you want to do after you graduate. Career planning is a critical step and is essential to your success.

The following resources will be helpful to you in planning for your future:

Achieve Texas

This Site has resources where you can research careers.

Achieve Texas

United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook

This is a guide to career information about hundreds of occupations.

Career Research

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition

Secondary Education and Transition

Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Service

Programs and Services

Texas Workforce Commission

Workforce Commission

Website where you can find apps to support, inform, and coach you to and through college. Most apps are free. The App Map shows the steps you have to achieve each year in high school and college to stay on the path to success.

Peer Forward

Parent Fact Sheets About Transition

What is transition?

When you are 18

Transition Guide 2017

For additional information please contact:

Amy Baber at 972-932-2202