Transition Services

About Transition Services

As our youth with special needs turn 16 years old, a critically important part of the educational planning process is transition planning. Transition planning involves assisting the student, with their family, in identifying their dreams and goals for the future after public school, and developing a plan to get there. Transition planning is an essential step in preparing students with disabilities to assume adult roles. Transition planning should focus on students' future goals, empowering them to create a personal vision and identifying opportunities to help them meet their current needs as they transition into post-secondary education and training, employment, and quality adult life. The plan may include courses and classes to be taken, life skills, career exploration, vocational experiences, and linkages to agencies that serve adults with disabilities.

Quality transition planning promotes the ability in students to advocate for themselves, develop their own IEPs, and be aware of and able to apply the laws that mandate access and accommodations after they leave school, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

The following provides a description of the SELPA Managed Programs to assist students in the transition process.

SELPA Managed Programs

The following programs are not mandated under California Education Code, but are available to children who meet criteria imposed by the funding source or the SELPA Program Advisory Committee. The Program Manager for Career Technical Education (CTE) oversees and coordinates the following programs in the SELPA. The Program Manager works with a team of Transition Case Technicians, Work Incentive and Independent Living Technicians, Social Security Income (SSI) Benefits Technicians, Job Developers, agencies, and communities to provide services and programs that assist eligible students transition from school to work and/or adult living. The Program Manager also provides oversight regarding the legal mandates and ethical requirements necessary to meet Individuals with Disabilities Education (IDEA) Transition mandates for students with disabilities age 16 and older.