Welcome to Senior Year: Preparing for Transition

Between pool parties and trips to the beach, you may have noticed that back-to-school commercials have started popping up on TV and online. In a few short weeks, students will be heading back to school and families are getting ready! Students who are starting their junior or senior year have a lot of planning ahead of them, including students with disabilities. Time to start thinking about college, work, and mapping out the future!

For students with disabilities, transition services may be a part of the individualized education program (IEP) and can start before the age of 16. Students, parents, and the education team will develop a transition plan which can include college, vocational training and employment, and supports for independent living and community participation. If you’re just starting the IEP and transition planning journey, check out this excellent article on the Transition to Adulthood at the Center for Parent Information and Resources (originally from NICHCY) and Disability.gov’s Guide to Student Transition Planning.

The NIDILRR community has developed excellent resources for students and their families to tap into as they chart their path to success:

These are just a few examples of the resources available from the NIDILRR community. Want more?

Are you or your child heading into junior or senior year? Are you an educator or administrator who works with students with disabilities? Please let us know how we can help you and your student plan for the future!

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