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Transition Services
Transition is a process, not an event.

Transition Services are coordinated, results-oriented activities based on your child's needs, which take into account his/her strengths, preferences, and interests. These services are provided to special education students, beginning at age 14 (and sometimes younger), to facilitate a smooth transition from school to post-school activities. These activities include but are not limited to postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, and/or community participation. Transition services are delivered through direct and/or indirect support coordinated by a transition transition support teacher (TST).

MCPS provides basic information about transition services on their Transition Services Office web page. Each year, beginning in September, the office offers a series of five workshops called the Next Steps Transition Workshop Series, that provides essential transition planning information on adult services; Montgomery College; postsecondary education; integrated employment and vocational training; and independent living, community participation, and continuing and adult education.

Executive Summary of the MCPS Special Education Continuous Improvement Team Report, May 2010
The Continuous Improvement Team (CIT) made recommendations to the Office of Special Education and Student Services that focus on the transition needs of students with disabilities. Short-term recommendations include conducting a review of course offerings at all high schools to determine if there is an appropriate selection of academic courses and courses focused on career readiness skills; providing comprehensive professional development to central office and school-based staff that is focused on effectively transitioning students who have a range of learning styles and academic abilities; and providing detailed information to middle school and freshman high school students with disabilities and their families about options that may improve their transition, such as student service learning opportunities, career and technical education programs, and work experience, among others.

We also recommend the following resources:

The Montgomery County Public Schools’ Transition Services Unit website provides a basic overview of the transition planning process. Each year, the unit provides a series of four workshops, called Next Steps, to explain different services and resources for adults with disabilities in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Secondary Transition Toolkit, Developed by Youth for Youth, from the Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network, download here.

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)
NCSET coordinates national resources and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures. Their website offers a wealth of information including parent briefs, e-newsletters, and links to affiliated websites and related research. Check out their informative article on IEPs and Transition Planning.

Autism Internet Modules (AIM): Preparing Individuals for Employment
Research has shown poor employment outcomes for individuals with autism. This one-hour module explains strategies to support persons with autism in the transition process from school to employment so they have an opportunity for a better outcome. (You must create a free account in order to access the modules. Click here to create an account.) Click here to access the list of modules.

 
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