Beginning at age 14, students with disabilities should begin planning for what they will do when they leave school. A transition plan is highly individualized and should include planning in the areas of post-secondary education, vocational education, employment (including supported employment), income, social security and medical insurance, living arrangements, leisure time activities, independent living skills, as well as opportunities for the student to become familiar with his/her home community. Each student will require different types of support in order to realize his/her dreams for the future.
The Journey to Life after High School: This comprehensive guide examines the laws that impact a child with special needs, the importance of the individualized education plan, and the different paths a child with special needs can take after graduating from high school. “The Journey to Life after High School” not only provides the steps that need to be taken prior to graduation but also the preparation required for the new adult’s legal and medical rights.
Job Accommodation Network JAN’s consultants offer one-on-one guidance on workplace accommodations, self-employment and entrepreneurship options for people with disabilities.
The Federal Partners in Transition (FPT) workgroup has created What to Know About Transition Services for Students and Youth with Disabilities. This fact sheet was created to address the compatible outcome goals and policy priorities identified in The 2020 Youth Transition Plan: A Federal Interagency Strategy.
A Plan for Employment
Students planning for a career will want to explore different options for jobs,
http://www.careeronestop.org/ - a one stop for career, training and job search.
Read this article entitled "Escaping the Disability Trap" and learn how special needs students can prepare for the workforce.