Transition services means a coordinated set of activities for a young adult with a disability that:
- Is designed within a results-orientated process that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the young adult with a disability to facilitate movement from school to post-school activities, including post-secondary education, vocational education, integrated employment, continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living or community participation.
- Is based on the individual’s needs, taking into account the child’s strengths, preferences, and interests.
Students with disabilities have the right to receive special education services through age 21 (up to the age of 22), if they have not received their diploma and the IEP team has determined that the student’s educational needs require ongoing instruction in order to transition to adult life. In District 204, many of our students receive this linkage and instruction through the Supported Training Experiences Post Secondary program (STEPS).
Students come to the STEPS program after high school when they continue to require additional support to help them in reaching their goals. The needs for each student are varied based on person-centered planning. Our students are identified with a variety of disabilities that require a focused effort in the areas of education/training, employment and independent living skills. The overall goal for STEPS is to help students gain independence for their future, whether it is in a supported environment, competitive employment situation or post-secondary education setting.