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2017-2018 Full Life Ahead Transition Series
In today’s society, leaving high school to enter “the real world” is a daunting prospect for all teens or young adults, not least of which is people with Down syndrome. Successfully transitioning from student life to adulthood requires thoughtful and deliberate advance planning, especially for people with disabilities and their families.
We are fortunate in Massachusetts that state and federal law have conspired to require that transition planning for people with disabilities begin early and be managed in a way that helps them and their families effectively navigate this exciting, though challenging, process.
According to IDEA, transition planning takes place as part of developing a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP), the so-called road map for public school education for students with disabilities. It is the IEP team – made up of the student, parents, teachers, administrators and other service providers and supports – that is responsible for developing, reviewing and revising the IEP, including the transition plan.
In addition to these resourses, MDSC routinely invites local and national experts on transition to speak at our annual conferences.