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:
- 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:
This Site has resources where you can research careers.
United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook
This is a guide to career information about hundreds of occupations.
National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Service
Texas 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.
Parent Fact Sheets About Transition
For additional information please contact:
Amy Baber at 972-932-2202