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ERIC Number: ED529773
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Preparation for Postsecondary Life for Students with Disabilities. inForum
Sopko, Kimberly Moherek
Project Forum
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), most recently reauthorized in 2004, requires the inclusion of transition services in an individualized education program (IEP) for students with disabilities by the time they reach their 16th birthday, or earlier if determined appropriate by the IEP team. The IEP must include "(1) appropriate measurable postsecondary goals based upon age-appropriate transition assessments related to training, education, employment and, where appropriate, independent living skills; and (2) the transition services (including courses of study) needed to assist the child in reaching those goals". The intent is to design a plan to meet students' unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment and independent living. Services under IDEA are available for eligible students through 21 years of age in most states. Once the student is no longer eligible for IDEA services, he or she must rely on the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), Department for Developmental Disabilities (DD), Career and Technical Education (CTE), disability services at institutions of higher education (IHE) or other community agencies for continued employment preparation and/or supports. The purpose of this document is to identify collaborative strategies states have implemented to address the needs of students with disabilities whose IEP transition services specify postsecondary career and technical education, vocational rehabilitation and/or immediate employment upon departure from secondary school. Appended are: (1) List of interviewees; (2) Selected State Policy Website Links; and (3) IDEA Indicators. (Contains 34 footnotes and 2 tables.)
Project Forum. Available from: National Association of State Directors of Special Education. 1800 Diagonal Road Suite 320, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-519-3800; Fax: 703-519-3808; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS)
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), Project Forum
Identifiers - Location: Alabama; California; New Hampshire; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Virginia; Wisconsin
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act