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Transition Transition services transition Planning:

Transition Transition services transition Planning Sheelagh Lucas Sped 433

So what happens next? :

So what happens next? As students work their way through their high school years, the question of what happens next looms ahead… will students enter the 18-21 year old program? Or will they be headed out into the world for employment or possibly college?

Option #1 18-21 Year Old program:

Option #1 18-21 Year Old program These students will be entering life skills courses. Some locations teach job skills; such as shelf stocking, cleaning and following directions of a supervisor Other locations teach home life skills, such as laundry, loading dishwashers, cleaning the house, planning and preparing meals Public life skills, such as bus systems, grocery shopping and public safety options are available for these students

Employment skills:

Employment skills When planning for post-high school, a student may decide they are headed straight for employment. This is where transition will work on employment skills. Helping students sharpen their functional reading and math skills, understanding their paychecks, and learning how to advocate for themselves may help them create a stronger employee ability. Students may need to learn stronger self-advocacy skills.

College or vocational schools:

College or vocational schools Some students may be headed to college or vocational schools, helping these students find the right skill sets, put them in touch with student services in these schools, and learning self-advocacy skills will be key to their success.

Whether a student is work or school bound, it is important to have vocational rehabilitation step in and help plan with the student, while guiding them through these next steps. :

Whether a student is work or school bound, it is important to have vocational rehabilitation step in and help plan with the student, while guiding them through these next steps.

IN School transition planning:

IN School transition planning Federal Guidelines require all students be part of their IEP transition plans beginning at age 16, though students can decide to join beginning at age 14 in some areas.

Within District Transition Planning:

Within District Transition Planning Some students may require services not offered at a particular school. Their transition services may occur within a school’s district, or a nearby district. The school is responsible for transportation to these events.

Indicator 13 & 14:

Indicator 13 & 14 The intent of the 13th indicator is to provide states with a way to measure how well they are doing in addressing high school transition, a process which facilitates the movement of students toward their postsecondary goals Indicator 14 requires that data be collected annually from students receiving special education services prior to graduation from high school and with a follow-up survey one year after graduation. Data collected focuses on enrollment in higher education, competitive employment, other post-secondary education or training and other employment. The primary purpose is to provide a clear measure of post-school results of youth with disabilities as they transition from high school to adult life.

Transition planning stages:

Transition planning stages So now that we know what we need to do… how do we do it? There is so much information and so many things that need to be done… It’s time to organize the efforts.

Transition plans may include….:

Transition plans may include…. 18-21 year program Children can attend school until they are 22 years old if they qualify for this plan. But what does that look like? Job skills, life skills, and public living skills are definite options. Other options may include transition to adult programming in the community. Employment skills These skills may allow a student to begin to understand their rights as responsibilities as employees, how to read their paychecks, how to communicate with employers and when they need to talk about any disabilities they have that could affect their work performance. College readiness These students may need to develop skills that help them communicate with professors and other college personnel, put them in contact with their chosen school’s student services, and help them develop accommodations they can use on their own in college.

Organizations to help students:

Organizations to help students Vocational Rehabilitation is a great organization to get involved with students. They begin by attending transition sessions at the IEP, and helping students understand what their options are for support as adults, when school services disappear. Those students who are college bound need to learn about their chosen school’s student services for disabled students. All students also need to learn about the offices of Civil Rights, and how they can ensure they are not discriminated against due to their disability.

How does transition help?:

How does transition help? Students who have transition planning are more successful in their post secondary life. They are more employable. They find jobs easier, and receive higher education easier. These students have a better chance at success because they have had guidance and planning for their futures that many students, even those without and IEP, ever get.

A Few Helpful Tips…:

A Few Helpful Tips… A conversation goes a long way! While cataloging interest inventories creates an understanding of likes and dislikes, it does not tell you how the student views their future. Have a talk ! Sit down, laugh, joke, ask questions, find out what the child dreams of… and do it early on, so you can help plan the high school plan that will create a more successful post secondary plan.

Let the student lead the way!:

Let the student lead the way! Students can lead their own IEPs. With a little guidance they can lead their own path… that kind of educational ownership will help the student feel more successful! And like they are a bigger part of the process.

Recording transition:

Recording transition In Nebraska, the SRS system offers a specific placement for transition planning on the IEP. Make sure all of these efforts are recorded to stay in compliance with federal regulations.

But pretty soon… they won’t be my problem anymore!!!!:

But pretty soon… they won’t be my problem anymore!!!! Remember when we approach transition, that we are not approaching just the next phase of this student’s education… we are approaching how they will begin the next phase of their life! This is where this student will springboard themselves to the next 50+ of their existence. Just because they are not in our schools anymore, does not mean they are not part of our lives. Their community employment success may hinge on the training they receive from their education. This is an opportunity for educators to make the best of their future!