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WHY DO WE NEED A TRANSITION PLAN?
Nicholas was worried about his transition team meeting. He asked Mr. Newberg, hisspecial education teacher, repeated questions about the meeting. He was so afraid of making a mistake or saying the wrong thing. Mr. Newberg suggested that they spend some time talking about the transition team meeting. Mr. Newberg spoke with Nicholas and provided a visual schedule of what would happen during the transition meeting. In addition Mr. Newberg and Nicholas then decided to develop a video of Nicholas talking about what he would like to include in his transition plan. Mr. Newberg let the transition team know that a video clip from Nicholas would be played during the meeting. Nicholas' IEP meeting was a great success, because he felt represented by the video tape that he had made. Once the video was played, Nicholas was able to relax at the meeting and even answer questions about his disability.
- The student (as appropriate)
- The student’s parents or guardians
- Teachers (Special and General Education)
- School Administrators
- Related service providers such as speech therapists, behavioral consultants, etc.
- Representatives of outside agencies that may provide support to reach posttransition goals, such as the state Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
- Other individuals that can support the student
- community participation
- adult services
- integrated employment (including supported employment),
- post-secondary education
- vocational education
- integrated employment (including supported employment)
- continuing and adult education
- independent living
Once we started the transition process, I looked at Stacey's education with adifferent focus. Although academics are important, I needed to work with her to make choices as to the best possible use of her high school time. Was it more important for her to identify the predicate of the sentence, or to respondwhen apeer spoke to her? My husband and I started to think about Stacey's education by asking the question is this a skill or information that she will use when she leaves school?
-Jeannette, Mom of Stacey, age 14.