Although high school is often an exciting time, focusing on the future can bring a sense of uncertainty for families and students that receive special education services. Fortunately, IDEA 2004 and the NH Standards for the Education of Children with Disabilities have protections in place to help students receiving special education services transition from high school successfully. When families and schools work together, they can create IEPs that identify and plan around a youth’s strengths, interests, and goals for education, employment, and independent living.

Transition Resources

Download this family-friendly flyer to learn more about planning for life after high school.

Download a copy of PIC’s award-winning Transition Tool Kit here.

ELOs provide an opportunity to explore beyond school walls, work with local experts, gain valuable real-world knowledge and skills, and earn high school credit.  Download the ELO brochure here. 

Transition fairs connect students and their families to resources that help them build successful lives after high school. Research into transition practices shows that when educators, families, students, community members, and organizations work together, post-secondary outcomes improve for students with disabilities.  Download our brochure on How to Plan a Transition Fair

Download this easy-to-follow guide designed to help high school administrators, staff, and families develop Family Engagement Teams using a focus group strategy to review how effectively a school works with families. This guide leads you from the initial concept to inviting parents to conduct the meetings.

Time for Transition

Determining eligibility for VR during the transition process can provide access to combined resources in the final years of high school. In this video, Tina Greco, Transition Coordinator at VR New Hampshire talks about Pre-Employment Transition Services and the continuum of VR support to young adults.

Lecture-style learning and tests are not always the best way to assess knowledge and skills. What if students had the opportunity to learn and demonstrate their proficiency in a real-world environment? Although ELOs look different at each school, they all have one thing in common – students can earn school credit by engaging in hands-on learning experiences outside of the classroom. Dr. Breault talks about ELOs and the information you need to start a conversation with your school district in this video.

Charting the Lifecourse (CtLC) helps students and their families develop a vision for a full, meaningful life. These resources support effective conversations, planning, and problem-solving. CtLC helps students express their ideas of meaningful life outcomes and promotes advocacy and decision-making for family, school, and other partners to plan creatively and collaboratively. Lesley Blecharczyk shares how families can use this tool for transition in this video.

Transition assessments are vital in determining strengths, interests, preferences, and planning for life after high school. They are the foundation for designing strong individual student goals. In this video, Heidi Wyman talks about the different types of assessments and how they’re used to develop goals for life after high school.

Youth Friendly Resources