WHAT IS TRANSITION
  • “A truly successful transition process is the result of comprehensive team planning that is driven by the dreams, desires and abilities of youth. A transition plan provides the basic structure for preparing an individual to live, work and play in the community, as fully and independently as possible.”

    Transition services are activities that prepare students to move from school to post-secondary life. The activities must be based on the student's needs, preferences, and interests, and shall include needed activities in the following areas: 

    Instruction

    This refers to a student's post-secondary educational setting; whether that be on-the-job training, a college/university, or even the military. Students should identify, through interview and/ or assessments, whether they desire to pursue a post secondary education, and what supports/ services will be needed. A few questions students should consider include, but are not limited to...

    • Are you interested in pursuing higher education after you leave high school?
    • Have you researched possible colleges/ univeristies you would be interested in attending that match your interests, needs, and/or environment?
    • Have you considered vocational trade schools for your specified interest?
    • What suppoorts will you need to be successful in a post secondary educational setting?

    Training/ Education and Employment

    This refers to paid work an individual performs. This is based on student interest and preferences (please see the assessment tab). It is important that students understand and know their preferences and interest so that they may pursue employment that is fulfilling to their self determination. A few questions students should consider include, but are not limited to...

    • What kind of work do you like to do?
    • What support would you need for that work?
    • What kind of environment would you enjoy working in?

    Independent Living

    Independent Living refers to a student's ability to examine alternatives and make informed decisions and direct ones own life. This ability requires the availability of information, financial resources, and networks of support. Questions students should consider include, but are not limited to...

    • Where would you like to live after high school (i.e. with family, on your own, with a friend)?
    • What kinds of skills will you need to make it happen (i.e. cooking, cleaning, using transportation)?
    • How do you plan to take care of your health needs?
    • How will you manage financially?

    Community Experiences

    Community Experiences refers to a student's ability to find fulfulling activities or socialization outside of school and work. It is especially important for students to develope interest and hobbies in this area, so that they may cultivate connections in the community and between various organizations. A few questions to consider include, but are not limited to...

    • What are some of your hobbies? Or what do you like to do in your free time?
    • Will you be able to access the services that can help you?
    • How will you be able to find friends, and maintain relationships with friends and family?
    • Are you interested and any clubs of organizations?