Transition - Students Age 14 & Older

Transition Planning is a results-oriented process that is focused on the academic and functional achievement of students with disabilities.  The process is designed to help students move from school to post-school living, learning and working.  Activities within the post-school environment include: post-secondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living and community participation.


The process begins no later than age 16, in Iowa the process begins at age 14.  The planning must take into account the individual’s preferences, interests, needs and strengths.  The planning process is documented within the Individual Education Program (IEP) and must include: instruction, related services, community experiences, the development of employment and post-school adult living skills and, when appropriate, daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation.


Based on age-appropriate transition assessments, the team must discuss and document a plan for implementation that includes appropriate measureable post-secondary expectations related to living, learning and working.  The transition plan must also include transition services, including a course of study to reach the post-secondary expectations and services to be provided by other agencies when needed.

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