Parents can take an active role by working with their child’s school to plan the supports and services that will lead to their child’s success after high school. Both parents and students need to make sure that transition planning starts early enough for adequate preparation, which is frequently well before the mandatory age of 16, as specified by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Use this handy checklist to determine if your child’s transition planning includes all of the components needed. The checklist includes a section on early transition planning for students in middle school and a late transition planning section for students who are in their last two years of high school.
Download your FREE copy of the Transition Considerations Checklist (PDF).
From NCLD's Chapter 8: Transition — Planning Your Child's Future Success.
Candace Cortiella is Director of The Advocacy Institute, a nonprofit focused on improving the lives of people with disabilities through public policy and other initiatives. The mother of a young adult with learning disabilities, she lives in the Washington, D.C., area.