From my Factoidz page: 1414(d) and in Findings about “effective transition services to promote successful post-Students typically start transition services at the age 14 if educational services are still required as determined by the school district and the IEP team. However, Washington State’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (2010) states: “Transition services must be included in an eligible student’s IEP at the latest, the year in which the student turns 16 earlier if the IEP team determines it appropriate.” At this age, an Individualized Education Plan is written with post secondary goals in mind. “What will my child do after graduation from high school special education transition services? How will I plan for my child’s future?” What kind of support will my child need? What kind of work does my child like to do and does it fit his or her skills? These are the questions addressed. After these questions are addressed by the IEP team, a transition team is formed which includes Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), The Arc of Island & Skagit County and the parents. Parents are encouraged by the IEP team to bring and include the child in the IEP proceedings. Oak Harbor School District (2010) claims that standard written policy of the Oak Harbor School District and FAPE is to include all parties involved in the child’s educational process to be part of the IEP meeting (policy 5220.1 (p. 2). It is also noted that parents are required to be notified of the time, place and the reason for the meeting at the earliest convenience for the parents to make arrangements to attend the meetings. The parents are required to be informed that they may bring guests that know the student’s disability and needs. The school district may also bring an expert or someone who knows the child’s needs as long as they inform the parent first. If the parent cannot participate, the school district can continue the IEP meetings without the parent present but clear documentation of contact attempts must be made in the report. The school district may utilize conference calls if the parent want to participate but cannot make it in person. This still must be a formal meeting scheduled in advance. Once the transition team is recruited, “The Transition Team writes an Individual Transition Plan (ITP) with planning and goals for graduation. Under the ITP, the student may participate in Special Education classes, Employment, or Socialization Programs.” (p.11) Preparing for the (“Find Law”) claims: Under the Individual with Disabilities Act (IDEA), parents of a special ed child meet at least once a year with representatives of the local school district to prepare their child’s IEP – a detailed, written description of your child’s education program. For more information see: Special Education High School Transition Services
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