Development of Transition Plan in the IEP
During the IEP year in which the student turns 14 1/2, and each year after that, a transition plan will be included in the student's IEP. Please see the Transition Service Plan Guidelines for details on what should be included in a Transition Plan within and IEP.
Family Planning Resources
Transitioning from high school into adult life is exciting, but it can be daunting. For individuals with disabilities and their families there are many unique considerations. The ARC of Illinois has created this manual to support families during this time.
As a family, what should you be thinking about and when? Please see the Building Bridges to the Future Manual in both English and Spanish for a comprehensive guide to transition planning based on your child's age.
As a parent, are you having trouble deciding where to start? Please use this questionnaire to start your thinking about your son/daughter's transition.
Did you know that CPS offers Travel Training services to increase students' independence in navigating their community? You can learn more by reading this brochure and watching the following video.
Have you heard about self-determination? Self-determination is all about having the skills needed to take control of one's life. Please visit www.imdetermined.org/ to learn more.
As a parent, have you thought about what happens when your child turns 18 and guardianship considerations? Please visit the Illinois Legal Aid website for more information.
As part of his/her transition to life after high school, a student with a disability may require supports and services from an adult provider. This can be for students who will be participating in higher education programs, vocational training programs, work settings, or community settings. Early planning is essential to ensure students with disabilities have access to the resources they need in adulthood.
The National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center has detailed key differences in high school and college or adult services for students with disabilities.
The following state agencies provide supports to adults with disabilities deemed eligible:
Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS): DRS works with individuals with disabilities and their family members to assist them in making informed choices to attain full community participation through employment, education, and independent living opportunities. A student with a disability may be eligible for DRS services if the disability causes problems in preparing for, finding, or keeping a job. A referral should be made to DRS especially if there is a need for assistance in transition to employment or if a student needs additional skill development after high school to succeed in the work force. For more information on the referral process, please see the Making a Referral to DRS document. Please visit the DRS website.
Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities: If an individual with a developmental disability is seeking adult services and supports through the DHS Division of Developmental Disabilities, the point of entry is with the Pre-Admissions Screening (PAS) agencies. Please read this help document for more information regarding becoming linked to a PAS Agency for referral to the PUNS list.
City Colleges of Chicago Information on supports for students with disabilities at the City Colleges of Chicago can be found here: http://www.ccc.edu/departments/Pages/Disability-Access-Center.aspx