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Transition Program Coordinator:  Shellie Lee,


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What is a Transition Plan?

A Transition Plan is the section of the individualized education program (IEP) that outlines transition goals and services for the student.  The Transition Plan is based on a high school student's individual needs, strengths, skills, and interested.  Transition planning is used to identify and develop goals which need to be accomplished during the current school year to assist the student in meeting his post-high school goals.


When should Transition Planning begin?

By age 16, a statement of those needs, based upon his transition assessment and future goals, must then be written into his IEP.  The annual IEP meetings focus on more specific planing and goal setting for the necessary transition services.  Factors to be included are: academic preparation, community experience, development of vocational and independent living objectives, and , if applicable, a functional vocational evaluation.  The agreed upon plans must then be documented in the student's IEP.  The law also requires that a statement of the student's transition goals and services be included in the transition plan.  Schools must report to parents on the student's progress toward meeting his transition goals.


The IEP team may begin discussing transition services with the student before he turns 16, if they see fit.


Why is Transition Planning important?

It isn't enough to simply be aware that teenagers need guidance to transition successfully from high school to the next phase of young adulthood; concrete action steps must be taken to guide and prepare teens for college and/or a career, and for independent living.  Without this guidance, students with learning disabilities often fail or flounder in high school and beyond.


Please peruse the following resources for more information about transition:

 NEW!  CT Transition Bill of Rights - Special Education.pdf  and  Transition Bill of Rights in Spanish.pdf 

Stepping Forward - A self-advocacy guide for middle and high school students.pdf  

Building A Bridge - A manual for transition students.pdf  

Building A Bridge in Spanish - A manual for transition students.pdf 

CT Transition Services in College University and Community Settings.pdf  

FAQ - Post school outcome goal statements.pdf  

Writing Transition Goals and Objectives.pdf  

NEW!  CT Core Transition Skills.pdf  and  Core transition skills resource chart.docx