Students with Disabilities – Ways to Transition into Adult Life

Karen Desoto

If you have a child with a disability graduating high school this year, you want to take into account the following tips by NBC legal analyst Karen DeSoto to help him or her through the transition into adult life –

● Make sure that the written transition goal in the Individual Education Plan (IEP) accurately represents the intent upon graduation. If it requires any modification, make sure you make the changes right away.
● Make sure that the transition plan takes into account all the services required to achieve the goals seamlessly.
● Make sure that you ask the school for all the information regarding services that Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) can offer. Has the school informed you about how to identify and apply for VR services?
● For students who qualify, VR can support them for a variety of factors such as obtaining a career of choice, college and vocational preparatory, tuition for college or technical school, transportation, job coaching, mental health, specialized job training, books, tutoring, work skills training, on-the-job training, daily living skills training, job placement, and clothes, among other things.
● Since there is a lot of assistance from Vocational Rehabilitation Services after graduation, you want to make sure that as a parent or a student you sign up for what they have to offer.

Finally, your local Disability Rights Centre will assist in securing your rights to transition and VR services. If you are having trouble getting any of these services via your school, approaching the centre would be the next best option.

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