The MSD transition staff works with students and their families to plan and prepare for the student’s transition from school to life. Every MSD student, beginning at age 14, receives transition services. An MSD transition coordinator meets with each high school student every year to discuss the student’s plans, and to determine what services or activities are needed to assist the student in meeting his or her goals for the future. All MSD students receive transition services, beginning at the IEP meeting in which the child turns 14 years old.
Transition planning includes…helping students to identify their interest, preferences, and needs; identifying each student’s possible post school goals (such as career direction, further education or training, independent living, community access, leisure and recreational skills, needed support services); developing with the student, a coordinated set of activities that will help the student reach these goals; preparing the student and parent to assume responsibility for accessing services and requesting needed accommodations in the community (self-advocacy);
linking students and parents with the employment/business community;
linking students and families with further education and training options; and
linking students and families with adult service providers (DORS/VR, DDA, etc).
These transition services, mandated by law, are defined as “a coordinated set of activities for a student designed within an outcome-oriented process which promotes movement from school to post-school activities.” After a student finishes school at MSD, these activities may include: “post-secondary education, vocational training, community employment, supported employment, continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, and community participation” (Public law 105-17, IDEA).