Are you looking for post-secondary resources for education, training, or employment? Did you graduate from high school or college and need guidance for the next step? The IPATH website has resources, information, and training for you.
The Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that planning for transition services be included in the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process. IDEA requires that needed transition begin to be discussed in a student's IEP by the age of 14. If it is agreed upon by the IEP team, a student can remain in special education until the day before their 22nd birthday. The IEP team should consider areas of instruction, related services, community experience, employment, and adult living goals including links to post-school services such as adult service agencies. Upon graduation or exiting special education, a Summary of Performance (SOP) should be provided to you. This document will summarize your school experience and provide contact information for adult service agencies.
Tips For A Successful Transition
- Assume personal responsibility for planning at IEP meeting
- Recognize necessary accommodations & develop self-advocacy skills
- Participate in career fairs, college visits, and job shadowing
- Gain work or volunteer experience to enhance your resume
- Develop and practice interview skills
- Make and keep appointments with adult service agencies
- Register to vote
- Complete job and/or education applications