Transition is a coordinated set of activities that promote movement from school into adult life. Transition planning assists a student with a disability to prepare for his/her future in many areas including Adult Living/Daily Living, Career/Employment, Recreation/Community Participation and
- Transition Planning - Transition Planning begins for students with a disability who have an IEP as early as 14 years of age. Transition Plans must be in place by the students’ 16th birthday. Students, parents, teachers, caregivers, and agency representatives plan collaboratively to better prepare each student to develop independent living skills, to enter the world of work, and / or to pursue further education upon graduation from or completion of their secondary education program. The Transition Plan facilitates the course of each student’s annual Individual Educational Plan.
- Transition Counseling – Students with disabilities who have an IEP receive transition consultation services in order to better define their area of career interests and selection of vocational opportunities. The level of counseling provided is determined on an individual basis. Transition Coordinators may make referrals for students to gather information in their local school districts through their student services offices, school libraries, or career resource centers.
- Vocational Evaluation - The purpose of the vocational evaluation is to determine the student’s basic academic performance, job skills, interests, aptitudes, and achievements. Each student’s physical and emotional condition, readiness for work, behaviors on the job, work habits, and need for job accommodations are observed. The results of the vocational evaluation assist the student with a disability who has an IEP, parents, and school when planning for vocational opportunities.
- Job Shadows – Students with disabilities who have an IEP may request an opportunity to observe and to learn first hand about the tasks involved in a specific occupation through a job shadow. A job shadow encourages students to meet and ask questions of adults who are working in a particular field of interest within the community.
- Individualized Vocational Training (IVT) Program - The IVT Program offers a vocational training option to students with disabilities who have an IEP whose vocational education interests and needs can not be met in general education vocational education programs. The IVT Program is offered in the junior or senior year.
- Work Study Program - The Work Study Program provides on-the-job training, follow-up services, and related counseling to students with disabilities who have an IEP. Work Study placement usually occurs during the senior year and encourages students to apply skills acquired in a school setting to a real job situation.
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You must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), if you are going to apply for:
- Financial Aid
- Other sources of Financial Aid
1. Forms are available from your High School Counselor or apply on line.
2. Be prepared to have tax information available to complete the form.
3. You may apply each year you are attending post high school training college.
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