What are Transition Services?
Transition services as defined by P.L. 101-476:
A coordinated set of activities designed within an outcome oriented process that promotes movement form school to post-school activities including:
- post - secondary education
- vocational training
- integrated employment (including supported employment)
- continuing and adult education
- adult services
- independent living or community participation
The coordinated set of activities must be based on the individual student's needs, taking into account the student's preferences, including:
- community experiences
- development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives and if appropriate:
- the acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation
Why is Transition Needed?
- Only 32% of persons with disabilities work full or part-time compared to 81% of the non-disabled population. (National Organization on Disabilities 2000)
- Only 40% of students with disabilities graduated from high school in Michigan
- Transition Services are needed for youth with disabilities to become well-adjusted, suitably employed members of their communities.
(Halloran and Simon, 1995)
Transition Can Help by:
- Improving access to agencies to agencies and services
- Improving communication among students, family members, service providers, business and other community supports.
- Reducing gaps in service delivery and availability.
- Limiting duplication of services or efforts.
- Creating new programs and services where needs are not being met.
- Preparing students for the responsibilities and rewards of adult living and participation in the community.
What Will Transition Do?
Prepare students with disabilities for the world of work by providing the following services:
- Career education
- Vocational evaluations
- Job training
- Teaching work behaviors
- Planning for college or vocational school
- Financial aid
Prepare students for adult living:
- Teach daily living skills
- Housing choices
- Assist with transportation
- Financial support
- Leisure activities
How Do We Get There?
- Teamwork with families, agencies, businesses and school
- Helping people help themselves
- Person-centered planning
- Educating the schools, businesses, and agencies about transition
- Developing materials and tools to help people with transition planning
Transition II - located at St. Michael's
Transition IB - located at St. Michael's
Transition IA - located at St. Michael's
Great Lakes Recovery Center
Debra Barron, Transition 2
Joseph Belmore, Transition 1B
Dino DeMarte, Transition 1A
Jill Economides, Transition 1A
Sara McDonald, Transition 1
Jill Mielcarek, Transition 1B
Kyle Rollins, Transition 1A
Melissa Sikora, Great Lakes Recovery