Transitioning from school to the adult world can be a trying time for many students with disabilities. As their teacher, it is important to remember that you play a critical role for them. To the student, you are not only their teacher, but also mentor and valuable resource.
A great deal of support is needed to plan life after high school for students with disabilities--especially from you, their teacher. Wisconsin law requires that tranistion planning begin when a student is 14, and it begins as the Postsecondary Transition Plan (PTP).
A student's needs and interests are considered when transition services for the future are determined. As a special education teacher, you will have one of the best reads on what your students enjoy and excel at the most and what the most appropriate fit in the future may be.
Support your students with disabilities as best as you can throughout the transition process. That may mean providing thorough planning just as much as it may mean being there to answer hard questions.
For any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to ask your colleagues or utilize the Transition Improvement Grant (TIG) staff and website as a resource to help you help your students.
This page houses important information for teachers:
Postsecondary Transition Plan (PTP)
Transition Collaboration Network (TCN)
TIG Statewide Transition Academies
18-21 year old programs
Summary of Performance (SoP)
Transition Improvement Plan (TIP)
Transition Through High School Guide - a detailed list of recommended activities and the age at which beginning the activity is most beneficial to the student's transition planning
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