Transition Services for Special Education Students
What are Transition Services?
Transition services are a coordinated, sequential set of activities that will help prepare special education students for post-secondary education and/or training that will lead to employment. Students who receive special education services should have transition services included as part of their IEP when they turn 16.
Transition Services should reflect the individual student’s:
A career path should be developed that will prepare the student for post-secondary education and/or training that will lead the student to employment in which s/he can be successful, given her/his strengths and the employment opportunities available.
Who provides services?
Transition services are a collaborative process between school, family, student and, if appropriate, state agencies. The student is the focal point and the services are individual in nature. Within the school setting many professionals are involved. The guidance counselor, academic teachers, special education teachers, speech pathologist, social worker, school psychologist and the transition coordinator all play integral parts of providing school transition services.
The following state and federal agencies may be of assistance.
Transition Services Provided at HHS
Education Career Opportunities (ECO)
ECO groups meet weekly to research careers and post-secondary options, participate in the career fair, job shadowing, tour local post-secondary institutions, learn skills for job searches, complete applications and learn interviewing techniques and job retention skills.
Seniors meet individually with the Transition Coordinator to outline and organize their plans for after graduation.
Juniors meet in homogeneous groups the second half of the year. The discussion focuses on options and information pertaining to their goals for after graduation and how to receive assistance and/or accommodations.
Students have the opportunity to apply for the Work Study after-school jobs. Students that are ready to work but need assistance learning to work independently begin with a job coach one time per week.
Limited Internship Program
Eight students that are ready to work competitively, independently and meet the criteria of the Workforce Investment Act grant are provided assistance with employment.
Students who maintain part time employment have the option of receiving .5 credit per year.
State and Federal Agencies
The Transition Coordinator provides individual or group information regarding potential eligibility or entitlement assistance.
Independent Living Assistance
As appropriate, individual assessments and plans are designed.
Becoming an independent and a productive adult is dependent on small steps of continued learning. The following list of websites may be helpful to you.
The Kennedy Center, Inc. (For Travel Training)
For more information about these programs, please contact Stephanie Critch at Hamden High School:
Tel: (203) 407-2040, ext: 5559