Transition is the process students and their families employ to think about life after high school or their special education eligibility, to identify their desired outcomes, and to plan their community and school experiences to assure that the students acquire the knowledge and skills to achieve their goals.
Steve Covey says “Begin with the end in mind.” This idea is the heart of Transition Planning. If the “end” we have in mind is “Productive and satisfied adults,” then the transition planning that helps achieve this end is its “Beginning.” Transition Planning sets the education course for middle and secondary students with disabilities that leads to access to adult services, postsecondary education and the world of work. The idea of transition is simple, but actually carrying out the process can be daunting, as we try to weave together the appropriate combination of educational and social services. The legislators who developed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA PL 101-476) included transition components in the statute with the goal of preparing students with disabilities access to the supports and services they need to become as independent as possible.
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