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 post secondary 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 Texas Education Agency in collaboration with Statewide Leadership in Secondary Transition and Post School Results at Education Service Center Region 11 developed the Texas Transition and Employment Guide to provide information on statewide services and programs that assist students with disabilities in the transition to life outside of the public school system.
Parent Transition Information Night
My Health My Resources (MHMR) will host a virtual transition information night for parents of special needs students on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m.
The session, appropriate for all ages, will cover waiver programs, MHMR services and behavioral support programs.
Interested parents are encouraged to sign up here by Sept. 26, 2023. The webinar link will be emailed to all participants. Please contact Ebony Harris, MISD Transition Specialist, at EbonyHarris@misdmail.org with any questions.
The following links provide additional information regarding the transition from high school to adult life.
- Texas Transition and Employment Guides
- Transition Texas
- Graduation Toolkit – Texas Education Agency
- Transition from High to College Counseling Presentation
- Transition Symbaloo
- 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 Karla Thomas, Transition & Employment Designee (TED), at KarlaThomas@misdmail.org.