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The Center on Disability and Community Inclusion (CDCI)


Transition Planning Resources

The 1990 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) carried the first requirements regarding the provision for transition services for youth with disabilities. These requirements were enhanced in the 1997 reauthorization of the law. The recent reauthorization of IDEA, which occurred in December 2004, requires that schools begin providing students with transition services no later than age 16.

It All Begins With Transition Assessment - "Step 1"

Transition planning must begin with an individual age appropriate vocational assessment.

Why a vocational assessment?

This form will help transition teams organize the transition assessment process, e.g., which assessments the team will use, what will the team be measuring, which target areas are we assessing and more.

Transition assesment planning form (Word document)

How do you choose the right assessment? The first place for the case manager to begin is with the local high school guidance office. Check to see what vocational assessments are offered for all students. These may be very appropriate for some of your students.

What vocational assessments should I use for my other students?

The best place to begin to look at the options is the "Career Planning Begins with Assessment" a guide from the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD). This guide will walk you through a variety of vocational/occupational assessments. You will be able to review them prior to making a choice. You will quickly find out which assessments are appropriate according to: age/grade level/disability and cost. You will be able to order a copy to "demo" before you buy.

Best of all you'll discover which assessments are a good match for your students and are FREE!

Sample Transition Plans: Goals, Objectives, Benchmarks and
Summary of Performance & Corresponding Summary of Performance and Transition Plans
Sample Transition Plans - Meet the Students:

Below we have five transition plan samples (Updated December 3, 2008) of five different fictional students, each with a different disability category. The short power point, which appears first, presents each of the student’s interests and needs.

Transition Planning Case Studies (Power Point presentation)

Sample Summary of Performance Exit Report:


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Additional Resources to Help Guide IEP Teams Through the Transition Planning Process
Community Employment
Post-Secondary Education
Independent Living
Community Participation
General Technical Assistance & Resource Links
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