Components Of a Transition Plan
Transition plan forms are developed and completed as part of the IEP. They should be completed no later than when a student turns sixteen or earlier. The IEP team should revise and update the transition form every year. Sample transition plans for students with disabilities should include the student's interests, preferences, abilities and transition services needs.
All transition plan forms should also include a student's educational goals, including post-secondary and technical training. It should always have a student's employment goals including any supported employment services. A transition form should always have assessment needs including any functional vocational evaluation, the form should have any type of community participation the student will be involved in. The form should also include a students independent living skills and linkages to adult services.
Designing a Plan
The IEP team is encouraged to plan backward, meaning they should start planning from where they hope the student needs to be at graduation to the present. They need to think about several things when planning such as the student's career choices, continuing education or training, employment, living arrangements, income and financial decisions, support needs, transportation needs, medical needs, personal care needs, personal relationships, leisure skills, individual counseling, legal needs and recreational activities.
The first step in transition planning is deciding on a students long term goals. A student should be asked what it is they want to do once they leave school. The second step is helping the student develop their current year goals, and this can be achieved by asking the student what it is they need to do this year to get to their post-school goal. The third step is to help the student identify transition services that they may need.
The student should be asked if they need help to meet goals for this year and if so from whom and what kind of help do they need. The fourth step is to figure out what other type of services the student might need like, will the student need other help to get to their post school goal such as functional vocational evaluation, daily living skills training, applying for SSI or other services.