Transition is the legally-mandated process of preparing for independent living after schooling is complete.
When the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was reauthorized in 2004, it revised provisions regarding “secondary transition” for children with disabilities. In particular, the preamble specifies that a free appropriate public education (FAPE) should prepare children with disabilities “for further education, employment and independent living.” The revised provisions also change the definition of transition services and indicate that IEPs for transition-age youth must include:
Massachusetts law requires transition planning to begin at age fourteen.
Transition services are defined as by federal law as “a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability that:
Overview of legislation and helpful websites (2015)
Department of Developmental Services – www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/department/dds
Department of Mental Health – www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/department/dmh
Mass Rehabilitation Commission – www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/department/mrc
SOAR in NC – http://soarnc.org/
The REC – https://www.recreationaleducationcenter.com/
Echo Enrichment Center – http://www.echoenrichment.com/
Pine Tree Camp in ME – https://www.pinetreesociety.org/children-and-families/pine-tree-camp/
Ascendigo in CO – https://ascendigo.org/
Special Needs Arts Programs – http://www.snaparts.org/
Dance Inn adaptive dance – http://www.thedanceinn.com/
Wellesley STARS Swim Team – http://www.wellesleystars.org/
Brooklyn Boulders Adaptive Climbing – http://www.adaptiveclimbinggroup.org/massachusetts
Franklin Academy in CT – https://fa-ct.org/
College Internship Program – https://cipworldwide.org/
Gersh Academy in NY – https://www.gershacademy.org/
Advances in Watertown – http://advancesonline.com/
Ely Center – https://elycenter.com/
ASPIRE – http://www.massgeneral.org/children/aspire/overview.aspx
Social Thinking Boston – http://socialthinkingboston.com/
Toward Independent Living & Learning – http://www.tillinc.org/index.html
Autism Housing Pathways – http://autismhousingpathways.org/
LexSEPAC Transition Subcommittee’s 2012 report on transition and overview presentation on the report.
LexSEPAC has a private discussion group on Google for parents to discuss issues related to transition and share resources. To request access, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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