Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary’s first definition of transition is, “passage from one state, stage, subject or place to another …“ Transition, or rather transition planning, is what this guide is all about; specifically the transition from high school to college. Effective College Planning (ECP) is set up chronologically to follow the natural progression from the K-12 system Individualized Education Program (IEP) process starting at age 12 through acceptance to the college of choice and high school graduation. Let’s lay the legal groundwork:
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, still known as IDEA, defines transition services as:
A coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability which are designed to prepare the student for outcomes that are envisioned for the student in adult life:
(a) is designed to be within a results-oriented process that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities, including postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, and community participation;
(b)is based on the individual child’s needs, taking into account the child’s strengths, preferences, and interests; and
(c)includes instruction, related services, community experiences, the development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives, and, if appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation.