Transition Services as defined in the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (P.L. 101-476) is a "coordinated set of activities for a student 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."
Transition planning becomes formalized when the child reaches age 14½ and a Transition Planning document is added to the Individualized Education Program (IEP). The purpose of the Transition Plan is to initiate a process of assisting in the movement from school to an adult life style based on the individual's needs.
The transition program focuses on the development of those skills needed for the implementation of an individual's plan for adult life. This plan is identified in transition planning conferences and includes the student, parents, school and other service providers. Major components of the program include vocational training, life skills training, personal advocacy training, social and survival skills education and parent education.
Outside Resources for Transitional Services:
DRS Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services
DMH Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health
DSCC Department of Specialized Care for Children
SASS Screening, Assessment and Support Services
WIC Department of Human Resources, Women, Infants, and Children
DHCFS Department of Child and Family Services
CIL Center for Independent Living
CAU Community Alternatives Unlimited