Adult Transition Programs 18 to 21 Year Olds Special Education Episode 63 Transition Tuesday

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If a student’s IEP team determines it’s necessary, IDEA requires school districts to service students with disabilities until they turn 22 years old to help improve their post-school outcomes. These services are provided by school districts, the state’s Dept. of Rehabilitation, college disability programs, private agencies, etc. These students have likely met graduation requirements, but are not required to have a regular high school diploma.

The young adults between the ages 18 up to age 22 participate in adult Transition programs to work on transition skills and gain experiences related to employment, education/training, and independent living. In these programs, students often have opportunities to interact with same age peers (who do not have disabilities) and often have more opportunities to interact in their communities while focusing on more integrated, real-life learning experiences.

Here is a summary of best practices for adult transition programs for 18-21 year-old programs:

• These programs should contain student focused planning where assessments, self-determination, and a student’s post-secondary goals used to develop their IEP.

• These programs should focus on the development of “adult living skills” including life, employment, and self-advocacy skills.

• These programs should include interagency collaboration including collaboration from the transition program, businesses, organizations, and other agencies.

• These programs should have a consistent structure to help the young adults through efficiently and effectively delivering the Transition education and services.

• These programs should also include supports that are important to the young adult including working with family members (when possible and appropriate) to support the young adult in learning important Transition skills.

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