The Texas Education Agency in collaboration with Statewide Leadership in Secondary Transition and Post School Results at Education Service Center Region 11 are pleased to announce that the Texas Transition and Employment Guide has been posted to the Transition in Texas website located at www.transitionintexas.org. The purpose of this guide is to provide information on statewide services and programs that assist students with disabilities in the transition to life outside of the public school system.
Supporting Independence for Your Child with the Next Steps Checklist
SPEDTex, Partners in Resource and Region 10 ESC are hosting a Next Steps Checklist Webinar on April 26. The webinar will be offered in English at 12:15 p.m. and in Spanish at 1:15 p.m.
The Next Steps to Independence checklist provides a framework to develop skills for self-determination in adulthood for individuals with disabilities. The tool highlights critical developmental milestones by age.
For more information about the event, review the flyer and get registered for the seminar of your choice - English version or Spanish version!
Have questions? Contact Sarah Untersee at SarahUntersee@region10.org.
Teen and Adult In-Person Summer Day Program
Green Oaks Education and Support will host a summer day camp through their adult learning program (GOAL) for individuals with an intellectual disability.
The camp, held in June and July, is designed to allow participants to engage with others, develop new relationships and continue learning in all areas in a safe environment. Fees range from $77 through $225 per week depending on the schedule chosen.
To learn more and get registered, visit the GOES Summer Programs webpage.
TCC IDD Career Exploration Camp
Tarrant County College (TCC) will host an IDD Career and Exploration Camp designed to introduce students to the concept and idea of careers through the exploration of colleges.
The camp will be held July 10-18 on Mondays through Thursdays only from 8 a.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Interested applicants 18 years and older are encouraged to sign up and pay the $375 registration fee. For more information, please visit the TCC Youth Programs webpage.
Let's Go To Work | Virtual Eight-Part Series
The Education Service Center (ESC) for Region 11 will host an eight-part virtual series about social security benefits with Sandy Hardy-Smith of Imagine Enterprises starting Nov. 3, 2022.
Families will get information on interpreting complex policy, rules and procedures of social security to assist with navigating pathways to employment. The come-and-go series concludes on May 6, 2023.
- To view dates and class descriptions, download the Let's Get To Work flyer.
- To register for classes of your choice, visit this link.
Have questions? Please contact Ebony Harris, MISD Transition Specialist, at EbonyHarris@misdmail.org.
Transition happens any time your student moves from one stage of life to the next. Transition in the IEP focuses specifically on the move from high school to post graduation and adult life. The following questions are addressed:
- What will the student do after high school?
- Will the student work?
- Will the student attend college, vocational school, or some other post-secondary training?
- What supports will the student need?
- Who will provide the supports?
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004) defines Secondary Transition or “transition services” as a coordinated set of activities for a student with a disability that:
- Is designed to be within a results-oriented process, that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the student with a disability to facilitate the student’s movement from school to post-school activities, including postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment); continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation;
- Is based on the individual student’s needs, taking into account the student’s strengths, preferences, and interests; and
- Includes instruction, related services, community experiences, the development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives, and, if appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation
The following links provide additional information regarding the transition from high school to adult life.
- Graduation Toolkit – Texas Education Agency
- Transition from High to College Counseling Presentation
- Transition Symbaloo
- Transition in Texas - from Region XI and TEA
- Texas Project FIRST - Families, Information, Resources, Support and Training
- Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
- Mental Health, Mental Retardation of Tarrant County
- Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services
- Texas Health and Human Services Commission
- Social Security, Supplemental Security Income
- Navigate Life Texas
If you have any questions regarding Transition Services, please contact Rebecca Brooks, Transition & Employment Designee (TED), at RebeccaBrooks@misdmail.org.