IDEA requires that in addition to parents, the student and school personnel, that other agency representatives participate in the transition process as needed. A representative from any other agency that is likely to be responsible for providing or paying for transition services needs to be invited to the student’s IEP meeting. Prior to inviting an outside agency, school personnel must receive written consent from the parents or the student who has reached the age of majority.
Outside agency representatives who could be invited to the IEP meeting may include:
- Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
- Independent Living Center staff
- Disability coordinator from post-secondary education facilities
- Division of Developmental Disabilities Resource Coordinator
- Community Support Providers (formerly known as Adjustment Training Centers)
- Family Support 360 Coordinator
- Assistive technology representative
- Social Security Benefits Specialist
- Mental health professional
- Department of Labor representative
- Others that may be relevant to the student’s needs and preferences.
Specific Roles of adult service agency representatives:
- Provide information about their services and assist in identifying skills the supports the student will need for success in the community
- Explain eligibility requirements for services with their agency.
- Provide a unique perspective of helping IEP team members to understand adult issues in receiving services that may not be considered by the school or family.
- Collaborate with the IEP team to plan and support the student’s dream for the future.
Be innovative and creative in developing supports and services to best support the individual with a disability in meeting his/her dreams.