Transition Services

Leigh Ann Hale
Program Specialist
(904) 547-7678
[email protected]

Overview

Transition services are a coordinated set of activities for secondary students with disabilities, designed to achieve specific outcomes, which promote movement from school to post-school activities. The coordination is carried out by the school district, with the active participation of the student, his or her family and appropriate community service agencies. The goal of transition services is to ensure that students with disabilities are prepared for employment, post-secondary education, or community living when they leave school.

Many community service agencies such as Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC), Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), High School High Tech, Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), and Project Connect work with students, families and school districts to coordinate appropriate services for students with disabilities who are leaving secondary education and entering adult vocational rehabilitation and related services. These efforts are crucial to enable students to achieve maximum success in post-school activities consisting of integrated employment (including supported employment), post-secondary education, independent living, and community participation. Community Based Instruction (CBI) is another transitions program that serves individuals with disabilities. Students develop functional work and life skills in the community through a “hands on “approach to learning. CBI is geared towards students with little to no work experience and life skills. The goal of CBI is to promote independence and enhance the individual’s quality of life.

Helpful Links:

U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, “Dear Colleague” Letter, March 16, 2007,
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-20070316.html

U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, “Dear Parent” Letter, March 16, 2007,
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/parent-20070316.html

U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Transition of Students with Disabilities to Postsecondary Education: A Guide for High School Educators, March 16, 2007,
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/transitionguide.html

See also: U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities, March 2007,
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/transition.html

The Florida Department of Education
http://www.fldoe.org/student/default.asp#career

The ARC
www.arcflorida.org

The VR for FL
www.rehabworks.org

High School High Tech
http://www.cilj.com

CARD
http://www.centerforautism.com