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Transition Planning Resources



transplanningIDEA defines transition services as “a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability that—
(1) Is designed to be within a results oriented process, that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities, including postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation.”


IDEA 2004 §300.43


(j) Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, not later than when a student reaches 14 years of age, the ARD committee must consider and, if appropriate, address the following issues in the IEP:


   (1) appropriate student involvement in the student's transition to life outside the public school system;


   (2) if the student is younger than 18 years of age, appropriate involvement in the student's transition by the student's parents and other persons invited to participate by:


     (A) the student's parents; or


     (B) the school district in which the student is enrolled;


   (3) if the student is at least 18 years of age, involvement in the student's transition and future by the student's parents and other persons, if the parent or other person:


     (A) is invited to participate by the student or the school district in which the student is enrolled; or


     (B) has the student's consent to participate pursuant to a supported decision-making agreement under Texas Estates Code, Chapter 1357;


   (4) appropriate postsecondary education options, including preparation for postsecondary-level coursework;


   (5) an appropriate functional vocational evaluation;


   (6) appropriate employment goals and objectives;


   (7) if the student is at least 18 years of age, the availability of age-appropriate instructional environments, including community settings or environments that prepare the student for postsecondary education or training, competitive integrated employment, or independent living, in coordination with the student's transition goals and objectives;


   (8) appropriate independent living goals and objectives;


   (9) appropriate circumstances for facilitating a referral of a student or the student's parents to a governmental agency for services or public benefits, including a referral to a governmental agency to place the student on a waiting list for public benefits available to the student such as a waiver program established under the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. Section 1396n(c)), §1915(c); and


   (10) the use and availability of appropriate:


     (A) supplementary aids, services, curricula, and other opportunities to assist the student in developing decision-making skills; and


     (B) supports and services to foster the student's independence and self-determination, including a supported decision-making agreement under Texas Estates Code, Chapter 1357.

 TAC § 89.1055 (j)




New online courses are available on the Transition in Texas website. These courses are available to the public at no cost.
Course titles:
  • Texas Transition Online (3 hours CPE)
  • Texas Special Education Graduation Options Online (2 hours CPE)
  • Texas Transition and Employment Guide Online (1 hour CPE)
Course registration is simple, but will require accessing the ESC Region 11 course catalog and Canvas portal. See below for options, and feel free to contact me with questions.
Option 1
Click the course announcement image (Learn More)
Option 2
Click Professional Learning
Click Browse Catalog
Click Online and Webinar

Courses are listed alphabetically





Best Practices for Transition Planning


National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT)


National Center on Secondary Education and Transition



Resources for Alternatives to Guardianship and Supported Decision Making Agreements


Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities


ARC of Texas


Disability Rights Texas


Supported Decision Making Toolkit from Disability Rights Texas




Postsecondary Education


Going to College




Think College


PACER Center







Dr. Theresa Cortney
Phone: 713.744.4470



7145 West Tidwell Road | Houston, Texas 77092-2096 | 713.462.7708
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