Transition Services

What is Transition Planning?

“The federal law, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004, defines secondary transition as a coordinated set of activities designed to be within a results-oriented process, focused on improving the academic achievement and functional performance to facilitate movement from school to post-school activities.

Arkansas Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children with Disabilities states that secondary transition services will be addressed no later than when the child turns 16, or younger if determined appropriate by the IEP team, and updated annually thereafter.

The IEP shall include age-appropriate measurable postsecondary goals based upon age-appropriate transition assessments related to training, education, employment, and where appropriate, independent living skills; and transition services, including courses of study, needed to assist the child in reaching those goals.

The key to a successful transition is early and thoughtful planning. Students must be actively involved in the planning process.”

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Transition Planning is based upon:

  • Student’s preference
  • Student’s interest
  • Student’s needs
  • Student’s strength

Transition services include:

  • Activities needed to assist the student in reaching post-secondary goals
  • Course of Study

Who can participate in Transition Planning?

  • Student
  • Parents or guardians
  • Special educator
  • Guidance counselor
  • Regular education Teacher
  • Vocational evaluator
  • Therapist
  • Adult agency services providers
  • Anyone who has a vested interest in the student’s post-secondary activities

Transition Services provided by BHS:

  • HIRE (Hornets Initiating Real Employment)
  • Work Internships
  • Vocational Classes (I, II, III)
  • Career & Technical Education Programs

Education options after High School:

  • Adult Habilitation programs
  • Community Colleges
  • Four-year Colleges
  • On-the-Job Training
  • Apprenticeships
  • Military Service
  • Adult Education
  • Technical Schools
  • Independent Living Skills

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