What is the transition process from school to adult life? Who is involved,
and how does one get from school to adult life successfully?
Transition is a federal mandate under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The school, family, student, and outside resources are usually involved in the transition process. In Connecticut, transition planning begins no later than age 14 or earlier, if determined appropriate by the Planning and Placement Team (PPT).
Transition is about thinking ahead for the future by preparing the student to enter a post-high school environment successfully. Transition is not a race, but a journey with many stops and experiences along the way. If you have a child 14 years of age or older, ask your school about transition planning. Waiting until your child is ready to graduate is too late to begin the transition process.
PLEASE NOTE: In June, 2020, in Connecticut, IDEA eligibility was extended until age 22 and in June, 2021 a bill was passed requiring that school districts begin transition planning for all students receiving special education services to age 14, or younger if the PPT determines it is appropriate. Most of the documents in this section were created before these changes and refer to the previous eligibility. For more information visit the CT State Department website.
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