Transition planning assists youth with the exploration of opportunities and identification of goals for life after high school. In many ways effective transition planning is like a road map – it is a series of defined paths that lead to adult life as a destination. Such destinations for youth include education, employment, independent living, and health and wellness. It is equally important for you to know that transition planning for students is required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) and Pennsylvania Special Education Regulations (Chapter 14). Transition planning for youth with disabilities needs to begin at age 14, or younger, if determined appropriate by the students’ Individualized Education Program (IEP) team. The transition planning process is based on individual students’ needs, strengths, preferences, and interests.
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