Transition Planning and the IEP

Activities to Facilitate the Transition Process

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After reviewing the seven elements in this guide, transition planning can feel overwhelming! So take a deep breath and focus on one step at a time.

Remember, Transition to Adulthood is an ongoing process that requires planning, preparation, plotting a course, practice and persistence! It is also helpful to recognize that outside of the IEP process, there are many activities and experiences that can assist a youth to move through the transition years and into adulthood. The following considerations, activities and resources will provide a youth with greater experience, planning and knowledge that can enhance the transition activities included in the IEP.

General Considerations

  • Begin early to discuss, experience and practice skills for adult life.

  • Become knowledgeable about the legal requirements to qualify for services from adult agencies and organizations.

  • Create opportunities in school that align with post-school environments, such as work, recreation and independent living in order to experience success and determine needed supports

  • Join local and national advocacy and support groups in order to network and learn about resources. Understanding the rights afforded through the IEP process and the intent of the transition process is the platform to ensure progress towards achieving postsecondary outcomes.

  • Create a Vision. Use multiple methods of expression to document a future adult-focused vision. Use words, photographs, art, film, collage or other meaningful ways to communicate how the youth sees his or her life as an adult. This step can set the stage for creating a meaningful and unique transition plan. Family members and close friends can assist the student to consider aspects of adult life that may be difficult for the student to conceptualize and express.

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