First mandated by the Individual with Disabilities Act (I.D.E.A) of 1990, and further strengthened in reauthorizations, transition services became a focus for parents and professionals alike. Quickly we came to understand that school systems should be preparing students for adult life before they exit out of special education services.
The areas of preparation generally fall into the categories of employment, postsecondary education, community participation, and independent living. Transition services should be individualized and localized to best meet the student’s needs.
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