Transition is movement or change for a student, without interruption, to future adult settings upon exit from high school. The Transition IEP (TIEP) meeting includes the student, family, school staff, agency staff, and others identified by the TIEP team. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) emphasizes the importance of involving students in meaningful ways in this process. Transition planning occurs over time beginning at age 14 and continuing through age 21.
Transition Services Options
Transition services are a coordinated set of activities that assist students in preparing for post- secondary school adult settings and life such as:
- Self-Determination – self-advocacy, goal setting, decision making and participation in TIEP meetings.
- Continuing and Adult Education - pursuit of personal interests, job skills training and job placement.
- Post-secondary education – college and university options
- Vocational Training - trade or technical college, on-the-job training programs, apprenticeships, job shadowing, job sampling.
- Integrated Employment – including supported employment.
- Adult Services (from various agencies) - supervised settings for work, training and learning for adults.
- Independent Living – includes training in handling money, financial literacy, independent community functioning, travel training, shopping for necessities, and managing free time.
- Community Participation - volunteering, recreation and leisure activities, transportation.
Services for Students 18 Through 21 years old
The District provides transition services to students with disabilities who have not graduated with a standard high school diploma or who have deferred receiving their standard high school diploma in order to access additional transition services.
Community-Based Employment Services and Structured Work-Study Internships for students 18 through 21 include:
- Project SEARCH – internship program located at two Memorial Healthcare System Hospital sites. Click for application and flyer.
- Work Opportunities from Within (WOW) – internship program located at Broward County Public School sites. Click for application, flyer and video.
- Career Placement – transition model focused on employment located at our Technical Colleges. Click here for flyer.
- Adult Curriculum for Community Employment and Social Skills (ACCESS) – transition model in which students learn a variety of work and communication skills in preparation for competitive employment. Click here for flyer.
- Post-Graduate Alternatives for Secondary Students (PASS) – community-based transition model located at most high schools focusing on daily living skills, independent community functioning and employment training. Click here for brochure.
- ARC Broward School of Hire Education – transition model in partnership with Broward Schools providing community-based instruction, vocational training skills and employment training. Click here for more information.
- Goodwill of South Florida School Transition Program (STP) – partnership with Broward Schools providing functional academics and life-skills, community-based instruction, vocational training and work experience. Click here for more information.
- Job Coaching Services – available in most high schools
For additional information, please contact the ESE Department at your child’s school or contact the District Exceptional Student Learning Support Office at (754) 321-3400.