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    Transition Services for Students With Disabilities

    Programs that provide support for children with disabilities who are moving from one kind of program setting or service provision system to another. The common transition points include transitions from health services to education or vice versa, from preschool to kindergarten, from elementary school to middle school, from secondary school to adult life and from more restrictive to less restrictive settings.

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  • Future planning is important for all families. Thinking about the future can be challenging and emotional. However, experience shows that adults with I/DD make a better transition from the family home when a future plan is in place.

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  • Virginia Commonwealth University launched the website, Center on Transition Innovations(CTI). Learn about this valuable resource for helping youth with disabilities achieve their full potential.

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  • Children with disabilities are entitled to public education that is designed to meet their unique needs and ensure they live as independently as possible. Learn about IDEA (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) and IEP's (Individualized Education Plans).

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  • The 'Special Care Organizational Record" (SCOR), from Military OneSource, is an organizing tool for families who have an adult family member with special health care needs.

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  • VDOE's Transition Services website provides support, information and resources designed to improve the outcomes of students with disabilities in transition from middle / secondary education to postsecondary education and employment.

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  • The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) developed this toolkit for advocates on health care and the transition to adulthood.This resource provides people with people with disabilities and their families with information on how to choose health care coverage, create a health care support network, integrate health care transition goals into their educational plans, and manage their health care.

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