Transition is the process that prepares students for life after high school. It occurs most intensely in the three years before students exit school, but generally begins a number of years before.
Transition Planning should begin when the student is 14 years old. The plan is reviewed, modified as needed and annual goals are set. Transition Planning should:
- Assess current and anticipated levels of independence.
- Provide opportunities for learning and demonstrating independence.
- Provide a specific curriculum that will further develop independence.
The ideal transition into the adult work world occurs when the family, student, school personnel, supported employment agency or other type of anticipated employment support, and employer have similar expectations regarding the outcome of the transition. During the last year, frequent communication among all parties is crucial.