Transitions after High School
Transition planning should be in effect when a student turns 14 or enter the Grade 8, or younger if deemed appropriate by the IEP team. Students with disabilities and their families must be offered transition planning as part of their Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. Transition planning prepares students for their future after high school and through adulthood. Transition planning focuses on allowing students with disabilities and their families to create their own goals and provides plans for achievement.
Transition planning in the IEP process focuses on employment, post-secondary education or training, community participation and independent living. The IEP team should include the student as a part of the transition planning process. Also, agency representatives who may provide and/or pay for transition services become critical members of the planning team as well.
Online Transition Planning Resources
A running inventory of diverse resources related to transition that can be accessed online by any stakeholder but focused on two primary groups: families and students.Transition Planning for Students and Parents
Early Start to Supported EmploymentA Delaware-specific program created to provide a seamless transition after high school for students with disabilities. Offers support and employment services across multiple state agencies.
- Operating the Transition Process: A Guide for Students and Families
- Sample Delaware Transition Planning Timeline
- Parent Handbook / Manual para Padres (Parent Handbook in Spanish)
- Early Start Fact Sheet
- Suggested Timeline for an "Early Start" to Supported Employment
- Supported Employment FAQ
- Confirmation of Student Participation
- Consent Form
- Initial Review/Referral Form
For more information on transition planning in Delaware, contact Exceptional Children Resources at 302-735-4210.
- Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
- Division of Developmental Disabilities
- Transition Staff Contacts - By District
- District Compliance Resources and Requirements