Tips for Parents
Where your child will live? & if needed, what supports are available?
What kind of job your child will have? & if needed, what supports are available?
Will they go to college? & what supports do colleges provide for students with disabilities?
What type of transportation will your child use when they are out of high school?
What leisure time activities will they be involved in?
Take a few minutes to go to the link below -Why Are you Here? - to take a short parental needs assessment to see how ready you are to start delving into the challenging task of transitioning your child from high school into the adult world.
The success of transition planning depends on each member of the team helping your son or daughter to reach his or her dreams for the future. You, as parents, are a VERY important part of the IEP process. Your involvement is a big factor in how successful your young person’s transition into the adult world will be.
You and your son or daughter know more than anyone else about his/her:
Federal law states that by the time a student is 16 years old, or younger if needed, transition services & activities need to be included in the IEP. At this time, the IEP meeting will look & feel different from the numerous IEP’s you have attended in the past. With transition comes looking to what your child’s goals in education, employment and independent living are following high school. Depending on his/her goals, transition services and activities will be developed into the IEP to assist your child in getting closer to their goals OR possibly for them to decide their goal isn’t what they would like to do or it isn’t a realistic one. Effective transition planning depends on looking at your son or daughter as he or she is today, and then imagining what services and supports will be needed to achieve his or her dreams in the future.
Some tips for supporting your son or daughter in the transition process: