WHAT ARE TRANSITION SERVICES?
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:
- Related Services (Transportation and developmental, corrective, and other supportive services)
- Community Experiences
- Daily Living Skills
- Functional Vocational Evaluations
WHAT ARE EXAMPLES OF TRANSITION SERVICES?
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