Student with a Disability on the IEP Team

September 2010 This info in Spanish | Esta información en español Table of Contents What IDEA says Who decides if the student attends the meeting? Resources for involving students in IEP meetings   What IDEA Says Operating on the premise that the student with a disability—who is the focus of all this discussion and planning— may have something vital to contribute to planning his or her educational program and future, IDEA … [Read more...]

Transition to Adulthood

September 2010 About transition in Spanish | Sobre transición en español Life is full of transitions, and one of the more remarkable ones occurs when we get ready to leave high school and go out in the world as young adults. When the student has a disability, it's especially helpful to plan ahead for that transition. In fact, IDEA requires it. Quick-Jump Index Quick summary of transition IDEA's definition of transition services Considering … [Read more...]

Transition “Starters” for Everyone

September 2009 | Links checked, February 2013 This page is designed to connect you with basic information about transition planning. We've included articles, guides, and online trainings designed for specific audiences, because we all process and use information from the vantage point of why we want to know and what we're going to do with the info. Below you'll find resources listed for: general audiences parents professionals students   Resources … [Read more...]

Transition Goals in the IEP

September 2010 Resources updated, August 2012In Transition to Adulthood, we presented an overview of what IDEA 2004 requires in terms of transition planning for youth with disabilities. A significant aspect of the law's requirements relates to including transition-related goals and statements in the IEPs of students preparing for life after high school. Now it's time to take a much closer look at the kind of information you might include in a student's … [Read more...]

Students Get Involved!

November 2009 Resources updated, August 2012There's a very simple and common sense reason why IDEA 2004 requires that students with disabilities be invited to attend every IEP meeting where postsecondary transition goals will be considered: It's their lives.And those lives are changing. Adulthood is approaching, and with it will come a world of responsibilities and choices. Who's the primary stakeholder in that life ahead? The student. Who better … [Read more...]

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