According to the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), transition services are focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of a student with disabilities to enable the student to move from school to post-school activities. Post-school activities can include: college, vocational training, employment, continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, and/or community participation.  

    Transition services can be divided into the following activity or strategy areas:

    • Instruction
    • Related Services (Transportation and developmental, corrective, and other supportive services)
    • Community Experiences
    • Daily Living Skills
    • Functional Vocational Evaluations



    Examples of transition services delivered while the student is in high school include:

    • Receiving daily living skills instruction and experience, such as banking and budgeting, personal health, cooking, independent living arrangements, and using public transportation
    • Participating in career fairs
    • Exploring and working towards admission requirements for vocational/technical school, college, or other post-secondary educational setting
    • Exploring guardianship issues and estate planning
    • Receiving training in vocational and/or pre-vocational skills
    • Receiving job training and coaching
    • Accessing community resources and governmental agencies for post-school support
    • Visiting college campuses and meeting with student support services
    • Enrolling in SAT preparatory courses
    • Exploring Bergen County and NJ Transit transportation options
    • Receiving information about how to obtain a driver’s license
    • Learning about Social Security work incentives