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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TRANSITION SERVICES FOR HIGH SCHOOL CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TRANSITION SERVICES FOR HIGH SCHOOL CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

 

What are transition services?

 

These are services for helping a child

with a disability get the skills to move

from high school to a post-secondary

education (such as a community

college), vocational education,

sheltered employment, continued and

adult education, adult services, or

independent living. The child’s needs,

strengths and interests should be

considered when a school and a child,

or the child’s parent, are trying to

determine the best transition services.

 

When should these services start?

 

Transition services can start as early as

age 16. Under Federal law, an IEP in

effect when a child is 16 should state

transition services, including courses of

study, that are needed to help the child

reach his or her post-high school goals.

The IEP should include appropriate

measurable goals to make sure that

transition goals are met.

 

How can I make sure my child gets

good transition services?

 

Stay involved with your child’s

education. When your child gets close

to age 16, ask in writing for a

reevaluation of your child’s IEP. After

you have requested the reevaluation,

follow up with the school. If the

school refuses to reevaluate your child,

you have the right to ask for a fair

hearing with the school board. Get

help from Family Helping Families or

a lawyer if needed. At the IEP

meeting, talk to the school staff about

what vocational or other agencies will

be involved to help your child make a

good transition.

 

What if I recently had an IEP

meeting?

 

IEP reevaluation should happen at

least every three years. They can

happen more often. If your child is 16

or over but the IEP doesn’t have good

transition services, ask for reevaluation

in writing. If the school failed to give

transition services and refuses to meet

with you to reevaluate the IEP, you

may have a right to a fair hearing or

other legal action.

 

Being enrolled in transition services

may help keep your child’s Social

Security disability benefits.

 

The Social Security Administration

reviews the disability cases of children

when they turn 18. If your child is

getting vocational rehabilitation or

other employment services, and the

program will help your child find work,

Social Security is not supposed to stop

benefits until the program is completed

or your child stops participating in the

program.

The reason Social Security reviews

children’s cases at age 18 is because the

rules for deciding disability are

different for adults and children.

For adults, Social Security looks at age,

education, and how mental and

physical limitations affect a person’s

ability to do full-time work day in and

day out. In an age 18 review case,

Social Security will look at medical and

school records and decide if there are

any jobs your child can do as an adult.

It does not matter if there is a bad job

market. They look at whether the

person can do it if the job were

available. Transition services records

can be important to Social Security’s

review.

 

Where Can I Get Help?

 

Families Helping Families

Networks. Find your local group at

www.fhfjefferson.org.

 

Louisiana Developmental

Disabilities Council website at:

www.lddc.org

 

Advocacy Center for the Elderly

and Disabled, a statewide free legal

services program. Call 1-800-960-7705

or 1-855-861-3577 (TTY) or visit their

website at:

advocacycenter@advocacyla.org.

 

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