The information in this newsletter is not a substitute for legal advice
We all face transitions at different places/stages in our lives. This newsletter is intended to provide resources that will empower you as a parent/family member of a child/youth with a disability to feel confident in preparing for your child's different transition stages. We hope you realize that even when your child is very young, and wherever you are on the journey as he or she ages and grows into adulthood, their life experiences and environment can shape how they will live life in the future. Transitions affect us individually, our children, and our families. A transition is a point in time filled with change, growth, excitement, and sometimes fear and confusion. There are many things to think about and do in order to prepare for these changes.
According to Ohio Operating Standards for the Education of Children with Disabilities, there are 3 identified transitions for students with disabilities:
Children Transitioning from Early Intervention to Preschool: What Parents Need to Know If you have a child transitioning to Preschool, here's a great resource for families.
Preschool Special Education - Search for early care and education programs that meet your needs, find preschool special education rule resources and much more.
Transition to Kindergarten - Tips for supporting your child during their transition to Kindergarten.
Least Restrictive Environment - Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) is the legal requirement that children with disabilities be educated in the same environment as children without disabilities whenever possible. Children with disabilities should only be removed from a regular educational environment if the nature of their disability or services makes it so their needs cannot be adequately addressed in the general education environment.
Post-secondary transition addresses these three areas: post-secondary education/training, employment, and independent living.
OCALI | Transition Planning and the IEP | Elements in IEP Transition Planning-guide will complement the IEP process.
Disability Rights Ohio - Special Education: Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities- Frequently asked questions about transition in special education.
Least Restrictive Environment- Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) is the legal requirement that children with disabilities be educated in the same environment as children without disabilities whenever possible. Children with disabilities should only be removed from a regular educational environment if the nature of their disability or services makes it so their needs cannot be adequately addressed in the general education environment.
Prepare Your Child for Age of Majority and Transfer of Rights- Age of majority is the legal age established under state law at which an individual is no longer a minor and, as a young adult, has the right and responsibility to make certain legal choices that adults make.
For a more formal look at post-secondary transition as you and your school help to prepare your child for life after graduation, Click here. You will find requirements for transition, and important resources and agencies available to support transition from school into adult life.
Please know that you are not alone. Our information specialists are happy to provide information and training for you through any stage of the transition process, including early intervention to preschool, preschool to school-age, post-secondary transition, and any time in-between.
To find an information specialist assigned to your area:
Contact an Information Specialist
844-382-5452 + www.ocecd.org
The information and questions presented below provide an opportunity for families to take a more personal look at preparing your child for the many transitions he/she will experience starting with the early years and moving through the school years to graduation.
Throughout our lives, we face questions and search for answers that will help us on our journey to a full and meaningful life. This is true for everyone. A fellow parent/educator recently spoke at a large conference about her 18 year old son. Sarah B stated that she wished she had known about transition planning when her son was in Early Intervention.
We believe that it's never too early to start planning for your child's future!
We're highlighting the ChartingtheLifeCourse (CtLC) tools to assist you in creating a vision for the future. CtLC framework was created to help individuals and families of all abilities, and at any age or stage of life develop a vision for a good life, think about what they need to know and do, identify how to find or develop supports, and discover what it takes to live the lives they want to live. We think you will find the CtLC tools very helpful in your family's transition journey. Individuals and families may focus on their current situation and stage of life, but may also find it helpful to look ahead to think about life experiences that will help move them toward an inclusive, productive life in the future.
The newsletter is divided into Educational Stages. We selected only the first CtLC area called Daily Life & Employment for each of the Educational Stages. The remaining CtLC areas are Community Living, Safety & Security, Social & Spiritual, Healthy Living, Advocacy & Engagement, Services & Supports, and Family Unit www.lifecoursetools.com
Please take a look at the following life stages that best fits your families' transition situation.
Focus on Early Childhood
BIRTH TO EARLY CHILDHOOD'S DAILY LIFE & EMPLOYMENT - FROM THE CHILD'S PERSPECTIVE
"You may think it's too soon to be thinking about your young child's future, but before you know it, they will be in schools, and then becoming adults. You will want to give your child the best possible start to prepare them for the next stages of life, and help them reach their vision for an inclusive, productive, full "good life" in the future." www.lifecoursetools.com
CDC Milestones - The CDC explains that, “How your child plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves offers important clues about your child’s development. Developmental milestones are things most children (75% or more) can do by a certain age.” Click here to find out more about the developmental milestones for your child’s age (birth-5 years).
Your Child's Development Birth to Age Five -
Each child will develop at his or her own pace, following predictable stages. Here you will find a few examples of the skills commonly seen in children birth to 5 years.
Help Me Grow - www.ohioearlyintervention.org/families
Concerned about your child’s development? Find programs and resources that may be available to you through Help Me Grow/Early Intervention /Ohio Department of Health
Helping Toddlers Prepare for Pre School -
Learn what you can do to make this big transition to preschool easier for your child. You’ll find a timeline for all the things that need to be done to help toddlers prepare for preschool and guidance on saying a “good good-bye” on your child’s first day.
Individual and Family Life
Focus on School Age
ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL'S DAILY LIFE & EMPLOYMENT - FROM THE CHILD'S PERSPECTIVE
Now that your child is school age, he or she will likely spend a lot of time with people other than their parents or family. During this life stage, your child is growing and changing rapidly, and they need many opportunities to have life experiences that will help them learn and excel at home, at school, and in the community, as they move toward becoming young adults.
Your Child’s Development: Ages & Stages 6-8
Your Child’s Development: Ages & Stages 6-8 Spanish
Your Child’s Development: Ages & Stages 9-11
Your Child’s Development: Ages & Stages 9-11 Spanish
Your Child's Development: Ages 12-14
Understanding Teens: Ages 12-14
Focus on Transition to Adulthood
MIDDLE SCHOOL/HIGH SCHOOL POST
SECONDARY TRANSITION'S DAILY LIFE
FROM THE YOUTH'S PERSPECTIVE
Post-Secondary Transition means that you are moving from childhood to young adulthood and from school to adult life. There are many things to think about and do to prepare for this change. Transition is a point in time filled with change, growth, excitement, and sometimes fear and confusion.
Transition planning at this stage is a formal process for helping kids with IEP's figure out what they want to do after high school and how to get there. In Ohio, transition planning begins at age 14. The purpose of transition planning is to help your child prepare to be an independent young adult.
While services are always individualized and based on goals, much of the transition services will be spent covering college/career awareness, independent living skills, self-awareness and last but not least, SELF-ADVOCACY!
Transition planning is the key to making school relevant to your child’s future life as an adult.
No one has a greater stake in the outcome of transition planning than the student with a disability. We believe that the student should be an active, participating member of the transition team, as well as the focus of all activities. With support and guidance from their transition teacher, your student will be encouraged to attend and take an active role in their transition IEP.
Here are two great resources for middle/high school students to learn about self advocacy:
Michael is a high school junior living in Northeast Ohio. Quick wit and humor are integral to his approach in life. He has been engaged in several alternative learning environments since 4th grade.
He has found support and empowerment with the help of OCECD throughout the last seven years. Michael has been influenced by hearing the stories of others' and realizing that sharing his journey has provided him an opportunity to grow emotionally and mentally while bringing hope to other families in similar situations.Learn more here.
This comic series will focus on empowering transition age youth to become self-advocates. We hope this resource will inform youth about youth empowerment, self-determination, self-advocacy and more. Stay tuned for more adventures in “Youth Empowerment”!
"It's My Turn" (IMT) and the "Goals Planning Success" (GPS) self-determination trainings available for students age 14 to graduation to help guide students in fulfilling their hopes and dreams after high school.
One student/participant stated,“I learned about the important part that I have in choosing what job I want for my future.”
A teacher who participated in the training with her students shared,"Students do things that they have never had the incentive or courage to do before.”
Access this training in-person or a version of it either virtually or through on-line modules, all free of charge!
The workshops contain five parts: The Law, Employment, Post-Secondary Options, Living Skills, and Community Participation.
Ohio Coalition staff provide these self-determination trainings at the request of school districts, agencies, or organizations that serve students and that would like to sponsor the training at a location convenient for them.
Email Us or Call: 1-844-382-5452.
We provide virtual versions of the trainings at the request of families, school districts, agencies, or organizations that are looking for a self-determination training in which all participants can attend through a virtual format, facilitated by one of our Ohio Coalition trainers.
Students are welcome to participate in a virtual version of the It’s My Turn transition training at their convenience. Many students may want to access this program independently with the built-in accommodations, and others may want to also include their own personal support. To access the It's My Turn modules, Register Today! Be on the lookout for the announcement of our GPS online modules at www.ocecd.org
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