Students with disabilities transition throughout their school careers-from grade to grade, from early childhood programs to elementary school, elementary to middle school, middle to high school, or high school to college and employment. Transition is a coordinated set of activities that includes instruction, related services, community experiences, development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives, and when appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation.
Discussing transition from school to career and college can begin any time during the student’s education. When your child is 14 years of age ( or younger if appropriate), FISD begins to formally address transition in the IEP process.
Colleges and Universities will typically provide accommodations for students with disabilities. The student must request accommodations and provide documentation of disability. Employers must provide reasonable accommodations in the workplace. The employee with a disability must request accommodations and provide documentation of disability.
TEA Website: What is Transition?
Transition Services is a coordinated set of activities for a student designed within an outcome - oriented process, which 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 preparation.
The coordinated set of activities must (1) be based upon the individual student's needs; (2) take into account student preferences and interests; and (3) include instruction, community experiences, the development of employment and other post - school adult living objectives, and, if appropriate the acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation.
What does all this really mean:
The basic purpose of this legislation is to better prepare students with disabilities to enter the workplace, continue learning, become as independent as possible
and contribute to society.
We have increased planning and coordination between school and families to help students meet these challenges, from PPCD through post-secondary. Further, the intent is to enable students to access supports and services before they leave school to post-secondary education, training, employment, independent living, and community participation.
THE FOCUS IS SHIFTED FROM WHAT THE INDIVIDUAL CANNOT DO, TO WHAT THE INDIVIDUAL CAN DO TURNING DISABILITIES INTO CAPABILITIES
Ask Yourself: When my child leaves school will they have the following in place?
Please contact the following for further information on Transition in Florence ISD:
Special Education Director