Planning is crucial if students are to move seamlessly from school to the community. Planning must be “individual” because each student is different and will have different post high school plans. Without a plan for this important transition, students after high school may find themselves working when they would rather be going to college, working in a job they don’t really like, or not be sure of what they’re doing at all.Individual transition planning for this major change is required as part of each students’ Individual Education Program (IEP) by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). In Kentucky, this planning must begin at age 14.Students should be actively involved in their own transition planning from high school to community. They should be engaged in their IEP meetings at the beginning of their secondary experience and have frequent and ongoing opportunities to provide input and feedback as important transition decisions are made. Students should identify and address their strengths and weaknesses to ensure their transition needs are met. The “I” in the IEP must be stressed for each student to experience successful transition and exhibit self-determination. In addition, to the IEP, students will also continue to update their Individual Learning Plans (ILP) that were begun in middle school.Mastery of the following skills is paramount for positive post school outcomes for students with disabilities:
- Self- advocacy
- Communication Skills
- Technology Skills
- Career/Employment Awareness
- Interpersonal Skills
- Problem Solving/Decision Making/Goal Setting
- Conflict Resolution
- National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD) http://www.ncwd-youth.info
NCWD/Youth is your source for information about employment and youth with disabilities. Our partners — experts in disability, education, employment, and workforce development — strive to ensure you will be provided with the highest quality, most relevant information available.
- Mapping Your Future http://www.mappingyourfuture.org
Mapping your Future is a one-stop site for students and parents with information on financial strategies, career options, and college planning.
- National Center on Secondary Education and Transition http://www.ncset.org
The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures
- Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)http://ahead.org/students.php
AHEAD is a professional organization that serves the educational, information and networking needs of its members who are largely disability service providers. The organization does not serve parents and students with disabilities directly, but it does provide students and parenst direction to resources that might assist them in pursuing your educational goals.
- Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER) http://www.pacer.org/tatra/self.htm Self-determination is believing you can control your own destiny. Self-determination is a combination of attitudes and abilities that lead people to set goals for themselves, and to take the initiative to reach these goals. It is about being in charge, but is not necessarily the same thing as self-sufficiency or independence. It means making your own choices, learning to effectively solve problems, and taking control and responsibility for one’s life.
- KnowHow2GoKY is a multiyear, multimedia effort designed to encourage more Kentuckians to plan, enroll, and succeed in college. You can also log in to your Individual Learning Plan (ILP) from this site. http://www.knowhow2goky.org/index.php