Disabilities - Transition
Transition is the movement from high school to the adult world for students with disabilities. Under the new IDEA 2004, it is defined as:
(34) TRANSITION SERVICES - The term `transition services' means a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability that--
(A) is designed to be a results-oriented process, that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child's movement from school to post-school activities, including post-secondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation;
(B) is based on the individual child’s needs, taking into account the child's strengths, preferences, and interests . . . "
(Note: the underlined words are new in IDEA 2004)
VIUCEDD is working collaboratively with the VI Department of Special Education (VIDSE) to help create a transition model that will provide outcomes for students as well as a sustainable process for the VIDSE. The center has a history of working with transition aged students with many of the middle and high schools on the islands. Whether it is providing trainings, technical assistance or materials on such topics as Successful post school outcomes with college or employment, Assistive Technologies in College/Workplace, Rights and Responsibilities as a transitioning student with a disability, Independent living in the community, or How to navigate adult services, VIUCEDD is at the forefront ready to assist students, parents, educators, administrators, Vocational Rehabilitation staff, or Department of Human Services.
Keep checking our website for the new VI Transition Model soon to be available in the Fall of 2009.