What is Transition Planning?

When Does Transition Planning Begin?

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act has established one clear starting age requirement for the start of transition planning. IEP Teams must now include transition planning in the first IEP that will be in effect when the child turns 16 years of age.

Who Participates in Transition Planning?

Determining transition services is a task for all IEP team members, including the student, teachers, and parents. Genuine student and parent participation — active involvement in and contribution to the planning process — is critical to achieving good transition results. Community agencies may also be involved for successful transition planning.

What Does Transition Planning Include?

The development of appropriate measurable postsecondary goals are based upon age-appropriate transition assessments related to training, education, employment, and, where appropriate, independent living skills. These goals should reflect the student’s strengths, preferences, and interests.

In determining such goals, the IEP team (including the student) must determine what instruction and educational experiences will help prepare the student for a successful transition from secondary education to post-secondary life. Age-appropriate transition assessments might include such things as interest inventories and other assessment tools that can help identify an individual’s special talents.

Contact Information

Craig Blasko
Supervisor of Ancillary Services
Tel: 269-471-7725 ext. 1357
Fax: 269-471-0314
Sandy Asmus
Transition Coordinator
Tel: 269-471-7725 ext. 1348
Fax: 269-471-0314
Beth Helm
Transition Coordinator
Tel: 269-471-7725 ext. 1185
Fax: 269-471-0314

Julie Hess
Transition Coordinator
Tel: 269-471-7725 ext. 1245
Fax: 269-471-0314


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