Education System

Getting Ready

Schools have responsibility to prepare the student to move to the appropriate post-school environment. Services are educational and experiential in nature.

  • Academic preparation
  • Career development
  • Vocational assessment
  • Job shadows
  • Work experience

Education System - policies and practices that may affect transition

Participation in the General Curriculum in the Least Restrictive Environment

Special education is instruction and services designed to enable a student to meet educational standards in the general curriculum. This means that students will be educated in the regular classes, with appropriate supports, to the maximum extent possible. The IEP team, including the student and parent(s), makes decisions about the appropriate course of study based on the individual needs of the student.

Free Appropriate Public Education

All IDEA-eligible students are entitled to a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) consisting of an appropriate elementary or secondary education that meets state standards. This means that parents cannot be charged for the special education or related services that may be required for their son or daughter to benefit from general education. This entitlement does not follow the student into most post-secondary programs and activities, including CCB services.

Parent Rights and Responsibilities

IDEA includes detailed procedures for resolving disputes between parents and schools regarding the education and services, including transition services that are provided to a student with disabilities. These include voluntary mediation, a federal complaint process, and due process hearings.

Student Participation and Self-Determination

IDEA strengthens the importance of self-determination and empowerment. Beginning at the age of 14, schools must invite the student to attend any meeting at which transition services will be discussed and to participate in the discussion of his or her future goals and plans. If the student does not attend, the school must take other steps to ensure that the student’s preferences and interests are considered. Active participation at an early age will better prepare students to make decisions for themselves as they become young adults.