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Transition services must be included in all IEPs when the student reaches age 16 and may be included for younger students if deemed appropriate by the IEP team (OSEP Letter to Anonymous, 17 EFLR 842). Preventing school drop-out is to be a major factor in determining when transition services are needed (OSEP Letter to Bereuter 20 IDELR 536).  Barbara Bateman writes in Legal Requirements for Transition Components of the IEP that the "ultimate responsibility for providing transition services rests with the school district (or state education agency if district fails) and there is no provision for a waiver of this requirement."

As usual, the Wrightslaw site has helpful articles:
Legal Requirements for Transition Components of the IEP by Barbara D. Bateman, Ph.D., J.D.
Doing Your Homework: Making the Transition from School to Work by Suzanne Heath

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
Transition Planning: A Team Effort

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition and The Pacer Center
The IEP for Transition Age Students

PaTTAN (Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network) has a page on transition, including downloadable resource materials
Go to http://www.pattan.k12.pa.us/ and click on "Transition" in the side bar

The Transition Coalition has a page of "Best Practices" at

Project T.E.A.M.S. has a website on transition, and more, at

Western Regional Resource Center
Transition Requirements: A Guide for States, Districts, Schools, Universities, and Families

Workshops, Inc., has a manual "Life Skills for Vocational Success" available online at

Center for Change in Transition Services published a transition guide for Washington state

Last updated Tuesday March 29, 2005

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