Requirements for Agency Participation
in Transition PlanningThe federal regulations from IDEA 2004 require that whenever the purpose of an ARD/IEP meeting will be the consideration of the postsecondary goals and the transition services needed to reach those goals, the school must invite “a representative of any participating agency that is likely to be responsible for providing or paying for transition services.”If an agency that has agreed to provide or pay for transition services identified in an IEP fails to meet their commitment, the school must reconvene the ARD/IEP committee to identify alternative strategies to meet the transition objectives in the IEP.Texas Education Agency (TEA) and Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)Effective September 1, 2017, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and the Texas Education Agency (TEA). The MOU is to promote collaboration in the delivery of transition services, including pre-employment transition services, for students with disabilities transitioning from secondary education to employment and independent living mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), as amended, and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The implementing regulations for both WIOA and IDEA require the formalization of interagency agreements concerning the transition services for students with disabilities who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). The MOU will help improve the dissemination of information about TWC’s Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services and specify the process TEA and TWC will use to develop and update the mechanism used to target students.
Gray Letter - Consent to invite agencies to IEP meetings