Transition services are intended to prepare students to move from the world of school to the world of adulthood. Transition planning begins during high school at the latest. Transition services are based upon the individual youth’s needs and are designed to be a results oriented process to facilitate the youth’s movement from school to post-school activities including post-secondary education, vocational education, integrated employment which includes supported employment, adult services, independent living, or community participation. If appropriate, these services will include acquisition of daily living skills. These services are intended to smooth the youth’s movement into the post-school world.
IDEA ensures that schools seek out students with disabilities and that services are provided based upon the student’s strengths. An IEP facilitates this process.
Once the youth leaves the school system, entitlement changes into eligibility so that persons with disabilities no longer have a right to a service; rather they have a right to be eligible to apply for the services. As such, it is critical to teach youth how to advocate for themselves and ensure that they know how to get not just the services that they might need but also the services that they want.
Unfortunately, individuals rarely realize the preparation required to successfully achieve transition. ILRC Specialists can assist with Transitions. Call the office today at 573-556-0400 or 877-627-0400 to get started. ILRC’s services will not replace any existing services already in place.