What is Transition Planning?
The federal law, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004, defines secondary transition as a coordinated set of activities designed to be within a results-oriented process, focused on improving the academic achievement and functional performance to facilitate movement from school to post-school activities.
Virginia Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children with Disabilities states that secondary transition services will be addressed prior to the child entering secondary school but not later than when the child turns 14, or younger if determined appropriate by the IEP team, and updated annually thereafter.
The IEP shall include age-appropriate measurable postsecondary goals based upon age-appropriate transition assessments related to training, education, employment, and where appropriate, independent living skills; and transition services, including courses of study, needed to assist the child in reaching those goals.
- Postsecondary education
- Career and technical education
- Integrated employment
- Continuing/adult education
- Adult services
- Independent living
- Community participation
The key to a successful transition is early and thoughtful planning. Students must be actively involved in the planning process.
- VDOE: Transition Services for Students with Disabilities
- VDOE: Benefits Counseling
- VDOE: Assistive Technology
- National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
- Department of Health & Human Services
- Division on Career Development & Transition
- Virginia Division on Career Development & Transition
- Institute for Community Inclusion
- VDOE: I'm Determined
- Peninsula Council for Workforce Development
- Virginia Board for People with Disabilities
(Formerly known as The ARC of the Virginia Peninsula)
Community Services Board (CSB)
Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
Goodwill Industries of Hampton Roads
Newport News Redevelopment & Housing Authority (NNRHA)
Newport News Parks & Recreation
New Horizons Regional Education Center (NHREC)
Parent Educator Resource Center
Peninsula Center for Independent Living (CIL)
Peninsula Worklink One-Stop Career Center
Youth Career Café
(757) 249-2104 (Patrick Henry Mall)