To accomplish great things we must first dream, then visualize, then plan...believe...act! Alfred A. Montapert
Transition services means a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability that:
Why is Transition Planning Important?
It provides a process for families and students to plan for the future in further education, employment, and independent skills.
Who is Involved in Transition Planning?
Parent's Role in the Transition Process?
Commissioner's Rules 89.1055 (g)
For each student with a disability, beginning at the age of 16 (prior to the date on which a student turns 16 years of age) or younger, if determined appropriate by the ARD committee, the following issues must be considered in the devlopment of the IEP, and, if appropriate, integrated into the IEP:
(1) appropriate student involvement in the student's transition to life outside the public school system;
(2) if the student is younger than 18 years of age, appropriate parental involvement in the student's transition;
(3) if the student is at least 18 years of age, appropriate parental involvement in the student's transition, if the parent is invited to participate by the student or the school district in which the student is enrolled;
(4) any post secondary education options;
(5) a functional vocation evaluation;
(6) employment goals and objectives;
(7) if the student is at least 18 years of age, the availability of age-appropriate instructional environments;
(8) independent living goals and objectives; and
(9) appropriate circumstances for referring a student or the student's parents to a governmental agency for services.
What is meant by Transfer of Rights?
In Texas, a student reaches the age of majority (adulthood) upon turning 18. At this time, the student (regardless of the disability) becomes an adult and all rights previously afforded to the parent now transfer to the student. This means that the student will be the decision-maker in the Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) meetings, and will be the person who consents to or refuses services. The parent will always be notified of an ARD meeting, but notice is not the same as invitation. However, the parent may be invited by either the student or the school district. If invited, the parent will be able to participate in the ARD meeting; however, the adult student remains the person who consents to or refuses services when he or she turns 18 years of age.
If you need additional information on obtaining legal guardianship, please contact:
Guardianship Alliance of Texas--http://www.tea.state.tx.us/special.ed/childfind/
Texas Project First--http://www.tea.state.tx.us/special.ed/childfind/