as instruction and community experiences support these postsecondary goals. By beginning to discuss transition as early as possible, the IEP team can work with each youth and their family to plan for the future. This includes selecting classes, activities, and services that will be meaningful and motivating to the youth and lead to his/her postsecondary goal. Throughout the planning process it is important to remember that once a student graduates from high school or reaches age 21, s/he is no longer entitled to services through the educational system. A youth must apply and meet eligibility requirements for services provided by adult agencies.
What Happens Next?
Transition planning involves a partnership between the youth, their family, school-age services and program providers, post-school services and program providers, and local community members that results in higher education, employment, and independent living. Transition should be viewed as a bridge between school programs and the opportunities of adult life. The Secondary
Transition Process entails recognizing the youth’s current strengths, interests, preferences, and needs and imagining what services and supports he or she will need to achieve future success. This Transition Health Care Checklist (pages 5-10), should be used as part of the transition planning process to ensure that a youth’s health care needs are recognized and incorporated into the plan.
What Type of Services Are Available?
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) through the Bureau of Special Education (BSE) and local school districts offer a variety of supports to students, parents, and family members in ensuring a successful transition to postsecondary life. These supports include special education teachers, transition coordinators, rehabilitation counselors, guidance counselors, and school health programs. Regionally throughout Pennsylvania there are 29 Intermediate Units (IU) each with at least one designated transition coordinator. Information regarding Pennsylvania’s Intermediate Units can be found on the PDE website at . The Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) works collaboratively with local school districts and Intermediate Units to provide professional development, technical assistance and information regarding transition projects, products, and activities that promote successful outcomes for transitioning youth. More detailed information on supports and services provided by PaTTAN can be found at .
“How does the individual’s health impact the transition activity?”
* Read the Steps for Success
* Review your transition postsecondary goals
* Work through the Transition Health Care Checklist to determine what the individual can do now, what needs to be learned, and what supports may be needed
* Make a comprehensive transition plan
* Continue to use this checklist at key transition times to adjust the plan according to the changing needs of the individual in transition
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