Transition services are intended to prepare students to move from the world of school to the world of adulthood.
Transition is defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004) as a “coordinated set of activities for a student with a disability that is designed to be within a results-oriented process”. According to IDEA 2004 transition services and activities must be included in the development of the IEP no later than the first IEP to be in effect when the student turns 16, or younger if determined appropriate by the IEP Team.
Texas requirements for transition services include additional requirements for the provision of transition services for students receiving special education services. Transition services and activities must be included in the development of the IEP no later than the first IEP to be in effect when the student turns 14, or younger if determined appropriate by the IEP Team.
Transition planning takes place as part of developing the student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP). The IEP team (which includes the student and the parents) develops the transition plan. The student must be invited to any IEP meeting where postsecondary goals and transition services needed to reach those goals will be considered.