Individuals with Disabilities Education Act has established one clear
starting age requirement for the start of transition planning. IEP Teams
must now include transition planning in the first IEP that will be in
effect when the child turns 16 years of age.
transition services is a task for all IEP team members, including the
student, teachers, and parents. Genuine student and parent participation
— active involvement in and contribution to the planning process
— is critical to achieving good transition results. Community agencies
may also be involved for successful transition planning.
What Does Transition Planning Include?
development of appropriate measurable postsecondary goals are based
upon age-appropriate transition assessments related to training,
education, employment, and, where appropriate, independent living
skills. These goals should reflect the student’s strengths, preferences,
such goals, the IEP team (including the student) must determine what
instruction and educational experiences will help prepare the student
for a successful transition from secondary education to post-secondary
life. Age-appropriate transition assessments might include such things
as interest inventories and other assessment tools that can help
identify an individual’s special talents.