The purpose of transition planning is to “facilitate the child’s movementfrom school to post-school activities, including postsecondary education,vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment),continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, orcommunity participation.” (IDEA §300.43) Additional requirements in the Texas AdministrativeCode include nine specific areas that must be considered in the development ofthe IEP, including “appropriate circumstances for referring a student or the student's parents to a governmental agency for services.” (TAC§89.1055). Therefore, identifying agencies and community organizations that can provide services to students after graduation from high school is an important part of the transition planning process.
When the term ‘agencies’ is used, it usually refers to a governmental organization. However, not all services a student will need are available through government agencies so we must also look for other community service providers such as college disability services offices and programs, community employment providers, and independent living centers that can also meet the needs of the student.
The 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.” IDEA further requires that parents must be informed whenever an agency is invited to send a representative to attend the ARD/IEP meeting.
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.
On the left side menu, you will find additional information about requirements related to agency services and links to resources that may be helpful for students, parents, and educators as they work to identify supports and services to assist the student in pursuit of their postsecondary goals.