Special Education Secondary Transition

Transition planning is a process mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) for all students who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) in K–12 education. The purpose is to facilitate the student’s move from school to post-school activities. Pennsylvania Department of Education mandates that this planning begin for students at the age of 14. Transition planning must:

  • Be individualized
  • Be based on the student’s strengths, preferences, and interests
  • Include opportunities to develop functional skills for work and community life

Visit the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) website to learn more about effective secondary transition practices.

Transition Planning incorporates the following areas:

  • Postsecondary education—Any education beyond high school in which a student can receive a degree, a certificate, a license, etc. Postsecondary education can include, but is not limited to, two-year college, four-year college, vocational technical school, on-the-job training, or military.
  • Employment—Consists of students determining interests and identifying the necessary skills and requirements to acquire and retain employment.
  • Independent living—Addresses the plans for the student to live independently from his or her parents, which includes, but is not limited to, self-advocacy and self-determination.

Our overall goal for transition is to engage students in the discussion about what will happen next once they are finished with high school and to help prepare them for what they choose to pursue. Students and parents should know that there are several exciting pathways to choosing a career that best fits the individual. There is no longer a right or wrong way. We can help you create your own way! The possibilities are endless!

How to Get Started with Transition Planning

  • Reach Cyber offers several options for students and families to learn more about their choices after high school ends:
  • Monthly transition prep class
  • Bimonthly parent information sessions
  • Appointments with a learning support teacher or transition coordinator
    • to complete an interview/survey that will be included in the IEP document and meeting. This information helps the IEP team prepare for the student’s transition plan.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us! We are here to help make the transition a success for you!

Contact

Toshia Snead
Transition Coordinator
750 East Park Drive, Suite 204
Harrisburg, PA 17111
tsnead@reach.connectionsacademy.org
Phone: 717-704-8437