Educational Support

Transition to Adulthood

The transition from school to adult life is an exceptionally important time for students with disabilities, as they move from the “safety net” of the educational system to the complex world of adult services and supports.

Students are entitled to “transition” services to be provided by their school district, in partnership with community agencies, starting at age 14.

Federal law defines transition services as a “coordinated set of activities” and a “results-oriented” process that is focused on improving the child’s academic and life skills so that the child can move smoothly from school to life after school.

Transition planning must be “based on the child’s needs, taking into account the child’s strengths, preferences, and interests.”