Transition is the process occurring during the four to six years before the student leaves school. Parents, students, and school personnel and other agencies must determine what the educational system will do to make the move as “seamless” as possible. This process involves developing Transition goals and objectives as part of the Individualized Educational Program for students in Special Education.
“Transition” is viewed by many people as the point at which the student is ready to leave school and link with the appropriate community resources to provide services following graduation. However, these linkages may still leave young adults at home without services until “openings” occur in programs. Begin planning for your child’s future as early as elementary school years.
THE TRANSITION PROCESS:
Transition is described by the Federal Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) as: “A bridge between the security and structure offered by the school and the opportunities and risks of adult life” and in IDEA 2004 the definition is “a set of activities that is designed to be within a results-oriented process that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities, including post-secondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation”.