A- A A+

Transition to School and Work


What is Transition Planning?

Transition planning is a process that should help ensure your child's happiness, success, and satisfaction after high school and onto further work, future education, and adulthood.

Transition Planning is Important

You can help build your child's future. Your involvement is important because you know your child best. As the parent of a student with a learning disability, you understand the challenges your child faces. Early planning is critical because choices made starting in middle school can open or close doors to the future.


Planning Your Child's Future

Special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), requires that the school begin this transition planning process no later than the time your child is 14 years' old.


  • Learn how transition planning works at your school
  • Be prepared
  • Collect information about your child
  • Set goals for the future with your child
  • Learn about resources
  • Be an active team member
  • You and your child need to attend all meetings
  • You are equal team members
  • Stay involved
  • Periodically review and monitor the transition plan and services with other team members


Collect Information About Your Child

  • What are your child's interests and abilities right now?
  • What are your child's goals for the future?
  • What skills and experiences does your child need to reach those goals?


Know Your Child's Interests and Abilities

  • Academic achievement

    • Academic abilities and basic skills
    • Learning strategies
    • Necessary courses for future life goals
    • Classroom/course adjustments
  • Work skills

    • Career exploration and interests
  • Interests and abilities

    • Extra-curricular activities
    • Social interests
    • Hobbies
    • Talents
  • Level of independence

    • Life skills
    • Self-advocacy skills
    • Responsibility


Additional resources

Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER)
National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

Tags: grade9-12, college-adult