Transition

The Georgia Strategic Plan and Federal Indicators for Students with Disabilities Goal 1 – Increase high school graduation rate, decrease drop-out rate, and increase post-secondary enrollment rate. SPP   1 – Increase the percentage of students with disabilities who earn a regular high school diploma SPP   2  – Decrease the percentage of students with disabilities who drop out of school SPP 14 – Increase the percentage of students with disabilities who transition to employment or post-secondary education What is TRANSITION? The successful transition of students with disabilities from school to post-school environments requires support from multiple sources so the student and his or her family can make choices, develop connections, and access services. Here are some additional state and federal resources that support post-secondary transition for students with disabilities. Georgia Department of Education Special Education Services and Supports – Transition information for Georgia students with disabilities. National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center – NSTTAC is a national technical assistance and dissemination center funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP, CFDA# 84.326J11001) from January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2014. National Center on Secondary Education and Transition – Creates a venue for participants to learn from each other about how to ensure that ALL youth with disabilities, including youth with intellectual disabilities, have the opportunity to prepare for and participate in postsecondary education. Transition Coalition – Located at the University of Kansas, Center for Research on Learning, the Transition Coalition maximizes professional development focusing on secondary school reform and transition at the national, state, and local levels.  Professional development opportunities are grounded in up-to-date research and effective practices in professional development and transition. TRANSITION COUNCILS Many regions in Georgia have active Interagency Transition Councils.  The purpose of ITCs is to coordinate post-secondary services for K-12 students via community, agency, and business stakeholders.  Parents and students may request support of local ITCs by contacting them. Coastal Georgia Transition Council Southeast Coastal Interagency Transition Council Georgia Interagency Transition Councils    COLLEGE RESOURCES Georgia public schools provide educational opportunities for all students with disabilities to receive a high school diploma. Students with disabilities have available supports to transition into their community and pursue employment or college. Here are some resources for students and parents regarding college enrollment for individuals with disabilities: Georgia Department of Education – Graduation, Testing, and College Planning information Rights and Responsibilities for Post-Secondary Students with Disabilities – The Office of Civil Rights has available a guidance document to outline expectations of college students with disabilities and educational institutions. College Board – Guidance for students to apply for accommodations with the PSAT, SAT, and AP exams. College Planning Simplified – This free website offers current step-by-step procedures for navigating college enrollment. Princeton Review – This guide to college admissions offers a blog specific to students with learning disabilities and/or ADHD.

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