What Does Transition Mean for Young People with Disabilities?

Young people with disabilities will face many transitional periods in their lives. These can be exciting and challenging not just for the young person but also for their families, teachers, and counselors. One of the more exciting transitions is leaving high school and entering the world as an adult, whether to continue with education in college or enter the workforce. It is helpful to students and their families to plan for that transition. In fact, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires transition planning and services for these students!

How are transition services for students with disabilities defined? According to the definition provided by IDEA, transition services are a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability that are designed to be within a results-oriented process, that are focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate their movement from school to post-school activities, including college, vocational education, and integrated employment, independent living, or community participation; and are based on the individual needs of the child, while taking into account their strengths, interests, and preferences.

Are you a parent of a child with disabilities who is starting to plan for their transition into adulthood? Or are you a student with disabilities in transition and looking for resources to help you? We can recommend a few resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help you in your transition:

These are just a few of the resources from the NIDILRR community and beyond that can assist you with the transition process. If you would like to learn more, please contact NARIC’s information specialists by chat, phone, or email.

About mpgarcia

I'm the Bilingual Information/Media Specialist at NARIC.
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