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ERIC Number: ED538875
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 85
Abstractor: ERIC
The Community Transition Program: Experiences Starting a Community-Based Program for Students Aged 18-21
Baska, Llara; Kaufman, Anne; Gaumer, Amy
Transition Coalition
The passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) in 1990 and the subsequent reauthorization in 1997 mandate school districts to provide transition services for students with disabilities in order to improve post-school outcomes for these youth. To help meet the requirements for transition, many school districts have developed community-based transition programs. These programs, sometimes referred to as 18-21 programs because of the age-range of students involved, are designed to support students with disabilities who may have met the requirements for graduation, but who may need to continue to work on their transition goals. Community-based transition programs are alternative special education opportunities, developed by public school systems, in age-appropriate settings. They are located around the United States at four-year or community colleges and in other community settings such as vocational-technical schools, houses, offices, and businesses. This manual is based on the development and operation of one community-based transition program in Lawrence, KS called Community Transitions (C-Tran). The teachers of C-Tran reveal their insights and share many of their resources, programming, and curricula to help others develop community-based transition programs. Appended are: (1) Timeline of Program Development/Meeting Minutes/PATH Meeting/Updated PATH Goals/A Day in the Life; (2) Brochure/Letter/Program Expenses; (3) Important Prerequisites/Program Objectives/Skills Inventory/MAPS Process/MAPS Meeting/Sample IEP; (4) Preferences Sheet/Survey of Indoor and Outdoor Recreational Activities/Student Schedules; (5) Monthly Themes; (6) Planning Budget/Daily Chore List/T-Lift Reservation; and (7) Data Sheet/Community Activity Log/Functional Analysis of Behavior/Progress Report.
Transition Coalition. University of Kansas Department of Special Education, 1122 West Campus Road Room 521, Lawrence, KS 66045. Tel: 785-864-1177; Fax: 785-864-4149; 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: Transition Coalition
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A