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According to the Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA) transition means a coordinated set of activities for a student that are designed within an outcome-oriented process, that promotes movement from school to post-school activities, including post-secondary education, vocational training, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation.
Services are based upon the individual student's needs, taking into account the student's preferences and interests; and includes instruction, related services, community experiences, the development of employment and other post-school adult living skills and functional vocation evaluation. Transition services for students with disabilities may be special education, if provided as specially designed instruction, or related services, if required to assist a student with a disability to benefit from special education.
Parents: Did you know that fewer than half of all students with disabilities were gainfully employed even 5 years after exiting high school?* Do you have a child with a disability? Have you considered what his or her life will be like after their public schooling ends? If you have questions about what your child's future may hold, please consider attending Calvert County Public Schools' Transition Open-House sponsored by the Special Education Department.
*Wagner, Mary M. and Jose Blackorby, "Transition from High School to Work or College: How Special Education Students Fare" in Special Education for Students with Disabilities, Vol. 6, No. 1, Spring, 1996.
Following are informative internet resources regarding transition-related issues.
Adolescent Health Transition Project The Adolescent Health Transition Project is designed to help smooth the transition from pediatric to adult health care for adolescents with special health care needs. This site is a resource for information, materials, and links to other people with an interest in health transition issues.
The Center for Life Enrichment The mission of The Center for Life Enrichment is to provide programs and support services that will increase the vocational and personal potential of individuals with disabilities.
Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) The mission of the Developmental Disabilities Administration is to provide leadership to assure the full participation of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in all aspects of community life. In addition, DDA's goal is to promote their empowerment to access quality supports and services necessary to foster personal growth, independence and productivity.
The Disabilities Studies and Services Center (DSSC) is a department of the Academy for Educational Development which is an independent, nonprofit service organization committed to addressing human development needs in the United States and throughout the world.
Maryland State Department of Education Division of Rehabilitation Services For over 70 years, DORS has supported the employment and economic independence of Maryland citizens with disabilities. With more than 20 statewide offices, a comprehensive rehabilitation center and an increasing presence in Maryland's one-stop career centers, DORS makes important contributions throughout the state. People with disabilities participate in programs and services. Students with disabilities (and their families) come to DORS to make that important transition from school to post-secondary education and careers. Businesses depend on DORS for pre-screened, trained, and job-ready candidates. Citizens applying for Social Security disability benefits get accurate and timely decisions.
The Federal Resource Center (FRC) is part of the Regional Resource and Federal Centers Network: the RRFC Network, a national network of technical assistance projects. The RRFC Network is composed of six Regional Resource Centers (RRCs) that work with states, and the Federal Resource Center for Special Education that coordinates the RRCs and is a liaison between the Network and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS). The ultimate beneficiaries of the RRFC's services are infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities, and the families and professionals who are associated with them.
The Healthy and Ready to Work (HRTW) National Center serves as a national focal point for the HRSA/Maternal and Child Health Bureau HRTW initiative. The Center's mission is to create changes in policy, programs and practices that will assist or support youth with special health care needs (YSHCN) to transition to adult health care with funding, work, and independence.
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Y) is your source for information about employment and youth with disabilities. Our partners - experts in disability, education, employment, and workforce development - strive to ensure you will be provided with the highest quality, most relevant information available.
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, (United States Department of Education) By providing funding to programs that serve infants, toddlers, children and adults with disabilities, OSERS works to ensure that these individuals are not left behind ... in school, in employment, in life. OSERS also provides funds to programs that offer information and technical assistance to parents of infants, toddlers and children with disabilities, as well as members of the learning community who serve these individuals.
The National Center for Learning Disabilities has ideas to help teens plan for their future.
The Healthy and Ready to Work National Center provides information and connections to health and expertise nationwide - from those in the know, doing the work and living it! Success in the classroom, within the community, and on the job requires that young people with health care needs stay healthy. To stay healthy, young people need an understanding of their health and to participate in their health care decisions.
For more information, contact Zakia Lindsey, Transition Coordinator.