Secondary Transition


Transition from school to college and/or pursuit of career requires planning. Planning should begin early and include a team of community members, adult service agencies, educational professionals, family members, and the learners themselves. It is an outcome-oriented process involving the student's interests, ability levels, preferences, and individual needs. The goal always is for the learner to become a successful member of the adult world and the world of work, and ultimately live their best life.

The Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that planning for transition services be included in the Individual Education Program (IEP) process. IDEA requires that needed transition begin to be discussed in a student's IEP by the age of 14.

Hands and Voices has developed information specific to learners with hearing loss going through the secondary transition process. They provide information for the student, the family, educators, and agency personnel.

Pepnet2 has also developed a document specific to learners with hearing loss with links to additional transition resources.