Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Doing Your Homework: Making the Transition from School to Work & Future Education

by Sue Whitney, Research Editor

"I want my son to be prepared to enter the workforce when he leaves school. How can we we combine No Child Left Behind with vocational goals?"

Parents need to start thinking about the transition to adulthood when their children are toddlers. Schools are not required to address this issue or develop a transition plan until the child is 16. IDEA 2004 states that a transition plan may be developed earlier than age 16.


Although schools exist
primarily to provide academic instruction, they must also address the transition needs of children with disabilities. Look at these issues separately, starting with these definitions, then we will move on to how you can use No Child Left Behind.

Transition

Read the legal definition of transition services in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA):


 The term `transition services' means a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability that--

(A) is designed to be a results-oriented process, that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability
to facilitate the child's movement from school to postschool activities, including post-secondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation;
(B) is based on the individual child’s needs, taking into account the child's strengths, preferences, and interests, and

(C) includes instruction, related services, community experiences, the development of employment and other postschooladult living objectives, and, when appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation. (20 U.S.C. Section 1401(34))
(Note: underlined words were added to IDEA 2004)
If the school is not providing services that meet this definition of transition services, they are not providing your son with transition services.

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If you would like more information about transition services, please contact Family Matters at 866-436-7842.  We can help you devise a helpful transition plan.


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