Transition Ages 18-22


    Transition in Texas

    Preparing for the future is a part of everyone’s education. You, your parents, and your school work together to build a roadmap to your future after you complete high school. Developing this roadmap is called transition planning. You and your future are the focus of transition planning. Your interests, wants, and needs are considered in creating the plan for your life. Transition planning helps you find out about your: • interests • skills and abilities • skill development areas to be completed during high school in order to meet post high school goals • transition needs, including independent living needs • career goals • education choices for after high school graduation Both the United States (Federal) and Texas have laws for transition planning.

    • The timelines for starting transition planning are different under the two laws. This section has information about the laws that apply to transition planning. In Texas, your admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) committee must have a transition discussion by your 14th birthday.
    • Transition planning may begin even earlier if your ARD committee decides it is right for you.
    • By age 16, your ARD committee must write goals for your life after high school. This is your transition plan. These goals are based on any further training or education you will need, work you want to do, and independent living skills you will need after you graduate.
    • It is important for you to take an active role in setting the goals.
    • You and your parents must be invited to all ARD committee meetings, and it is important for you to attend and participate in the ARD committee meetings when transition is discussed.


    Transition planning should focus on these key components:
      •    Assessment specific to transition preferences, needs, strengths  and interests;
      •    Instruction;
      •    Related services;
      •    Community experiences;
      •    Employment ; and, if needed,
      •    Vocational evaluation;
      •    Daily living skills; and
      •    Connecting with community agencies