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What is Transition?

The Webster Dictionary defines the word “transition” as — movement, passage, or change from one position, state, stage, subject, concept, etc., to another; change: the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

Life is full of transitions.  For students it might be the move to a new house, making new friends, a parent’s divorce, or a student’s graduation from high school.  With every transition in life, it is best to be well prepared and knowledgeable about what to expect.  When a student has a disability, it is especially helpful to plan ahead.  It is never too early to begin the process of preparing for one of the most remarkable transitions in a students life which is, going out into the world as a young adult. 

The purpose of this website is to provide parents of students receiving special education services, resources for transition purposes.  IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) requires a Transition Plan be added to an IEP starting the IEP cycle a student turns 16 years old.  For some students and their families, the process of planning for transition begins much sooner.

ISD Community Work Experience
Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH, a unique internship program designed for youth with
disabilities. This program is for students who have finished their necessary
requirements for graduation.
The student-intern learns specific job skills, as well as, develops employability
skills necessary for success in the world of work.
The program provides an opportunity for participants to obtain employment
through a display of ability by breaking down stereo-types
regarding disabilities.
During each rotation the intern will:
*Interview for a position
*Learn specific job skills
*Work with a job coach, as needed
*Increase work quality and productivity throughout internships
*Follow directions of a department manager
*Work along-side a department mentor
*Utilize natural supports provided in departments
*Give two-weeks notice at the end of a rotation
*Build a personal portfolio of job experiences and daily activities
*Participate in classroom instruction on employment skills
*Work with a job developer to obtain employment in the community

ISD Transition Coordinator

Independence School District

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