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Secondary Transition is the process of preparing students for adult life after they leave high school. Transition planning begins at age 14, or younger if determined appropriate by the IEP team, as students consider their goals for the time after graduation through career awareness exploration activities. The transition process continues through high school as academic instruction and community experiences help clarify and support students` goals. This section of our website provides resources on transition services and supports offered to youth while they are still in school.

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  • Youth provide valuable information about how things are going within the year of exiting high school. Youth stories are important to schools and to the agencies that help young adults in the first years after high school. Click on the following link to learn more about Pennsylvania’s Post-School Outcomes Surveys (PaPOS): PaPOS

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Effective Practices for Successful Post-Secondary Outcomes: The Pennsylvania State Model

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Easing the Transition to College: Tools to Help you Get your Students to College (See Also: Post Secondary Education)

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PYLN Secondary Transition Toolkit 2012
The Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network (PYLN) has created secondary transition toolkit to assist youth in their transition into the adult world. The best thing about the toolkit is that it was written and designed by youth with disabilities who are members of the Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network (PYLN) for youth. It can also be used with families and professionals as a youth-friendly Toolkit for transition.
Autism Transition Handbook 1-Pager
The flyer explains that the goal of the Autism Transition Handbook is to establish a community of practice that supports individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families with access to the most current and comprehensive information on transition services in Pennsylvania. (Also see Autism Transition Handbook Website)
Least Restrictive Environment: What IDEA Says About LRE
This document provides a user friendly overview of what IDEA says about Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). The document was developed by the Parent Education Network.
Secondary Transition Road Map
This document offers a road map for students navigating the secondary transition process that prepares students for adult life after they leave high school. Transition planning begins at age 14 as students explore and discover what they want their post-school outcomes to be through career awareness exploration activities.
Getting It Right In the IEP
This document provides a step-by-step explanation on how to ensure that each section of an IEP for a student of transition age is appropriately completed.
Inclusive Practices for Students Ages 14-21: Considerations and Concepts
All students ages 14-21 who have Individual Education Plans (IEP) are required to be involved in a transition process in school. This document outlines examples of an inclusive framework for transition planning
What Administrators Need to Know
This brief document describes for families, youth and educators, the basics of what administrators need to know about secondary transition planning for youth, ages 14 and beyond.
Secondary Transition Frequently Asked Questions
A series of questions regarding the planning and application of secondary transition services and activities. The questions were generated from educators, administrators and other educational professionals from the field.
What Families Need to Know
This brief document describes for families, youth and educators the basics of what families need to know about secondary transition planning for youth ages 14 years and beyond.
Summary of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance
The Summary of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance (SAAFP) contains a summary of the student’s academic and functional performance, as well as recommendations on how to assist the student in meeting postsecondary goals.
Supplementary Aids and Services Fact Sheet
Supplementary aids and services means aids, services, and other supports that are provided in general education classes, other education-related settings, and in extracurricular and nonacademic settings, to enable children with disabilities to be educated with non-disabled children to the maximum extent appropriate in accordance with The purpose of providing supplementary aids and services is to support students with disabilities as active participants with non-disabled peers, as well as to enable their access to the general curriculum.
Minnesota Compensatory Skills Checklist for Students with Hearing Loss
This resource from Minnesota provides a compensatory skills checklist for youth and young adults who are deaf or have a hearing loss
Effective Practices for Successful Post-Secondary Outcomes: The Pennsylvania State Model
This PowerPoint that outlines Pennsylvania's current state model for secondary transition was presented at the 2013 PA Community on Transition Conference on July 25, 2013.
Easing the Transition to College: Tools to Help you Get your Students to College
While millions of students make the transition from high school to college each year, the information required to help a student get to college continues to get more complicated. Materials to help career and technical instructors assist students to earn Students Occupationally and Academically Ready/Program of Study (SOAR/POS) free college credits and information to help school counselors aid parents and students in selecting a college, completing the preparation steps, and actually transitioning to college are collected on a single Pennsylvania-focused website. This website, www.GettingThemThere.com, is a single entry point in finding everything the instructor, counselor, parent or student needs to support a student from a Pennsylvania high school/Career and Technical Center to college. This session will provide an overview of this web-based resource for Pennsylvania educators.
Accessible Instructional Materials - Guide
This resource is a guide to Accessible Instructional Materials
Assistive Technology in the IEP
This resource provides information regarding how to incorporate Assistive Technology in the IEP.
Be A Superstar - Take the Survey
This YouTube video and supplementary resources are designed to encourage students and families to complete post-school outcomes surveys. Versions are available for youth and parents and in English and Spanish.
Universal Design for Learning (Youth)
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an instructional approach that provides multiple avenues for students to access the general education curriculum. Based on the principles of architectural design, UDL considers the variations in student learning preferences before designing instruction, rather than “retrofitting” instruction to accommodate student diversity. UDL is a foundational component of a three-tiered model of college and career readiness for all students. UDL offers unique opportunities to support students with disabilities, both inside and outside the classroom. This webinar is designed for youth.
Universal Design for Learning (Families)
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an instructional approach that provides multiple avenues for students to access the general education curriculum. Based on the principles of architectural design, UDL considers the variations in student learning preferences before designing instruction, rather than “retrofitting” instruction to accommodate student diversity. UDL is a foundational component of a three-tiered model of college and career readiness for all students. UDL offers unique opportunities to support students with disabilities, both inside and outside the classroom. This webinar is designed for families.
January 28, 2015 Webinar PPT- Career and Technical Education and Special Education -
Understanding Career and Technical Education and Special Education: What IEP Teams Need to Know
CTE Informational Booklet
CTE- "I" Statements
CTE - Online Resources - A Reference Guide
CTE and Special Education Question and Answer Document
Autism Transition Handbook Website
The goal of the Autism Transition Handbook Website (wiki) is to assist individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families by providing access to the most current and comprehensive information on the transition to adulthood.
Planning for the Future Checklist
21 and Able (an initiative of the United Way of Allegheny County) in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, PaTTAN, local school districts, family members, youth, and community agencies created the Planning for the Future Checklist. The checklist is available in both English and Spanish. The checklist is designed to support youth with disabilities, as well as their family and IEP team members, to ensure they are reviewing all aspects of transition planning at age appropriate intervals.
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, PA Department of Labor and Industry (website)
Effective Practices in Secondary Transition for Youth who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing - Jan. 22, 2014
Transitioning from high school to a post-secondary educational, employment, and/or community environment is exciting but challenging for all individuals. Youth and young adults who are deaf or hard of hearing often face different and greater challenges than their peers. This webinar will present information regarding effective practice programs and services that are targeted specifically for transition age youth and young adults who are deaf or hard of hearing.
April 27, 2016 COP Transition Webinar Assistive Technology for Youth with Complex Needs
This PowerPoint accompanied the April 27, 2016 Transition COP webinar regarding Assistive Technology for Youth with Complex Needs. Assistive Technology (AT) is an essential component of success for transition-age students with complex needs. Students who have the opportunity to experience and use a variety of tools in school for such tasks as communication, organization, navigation, and recall are more likely to transition successfully to adult life. This session will provide participants with a fresh perspective on the role of AT in transition as well as provide guiding questions and suggestions for addressing AT during multiple points throughout IEP development.
I'm a Leader
The Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living (LVCIL) through a grant supported by the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council (PADDC) has partnered with the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network (PYLN) to make youth leadership opportunities easier to find, teach, and learn about for all youth across Pennsylvania. All youth deserve the chance to learn about and experience leadership.